- The book can be ordered online direct from the publishers here
FC Sankt Pauli – the football club in the red light district of Hamburg; a transvestite chairman; terraces populated by punks, pimps and prostitutes; a club run by anarchists, united under the skull and crossbones flag
This is the myth that has been lazily peddled, one which attracts clueless stag parties from the Reeperbahn to the Millerntor stadium. But it’s not the real St Pauli.
In Pirates, Punks & Politics author Nick Davidson puts the record straight, intermingling the history of FC St. Pauli, and the district it represents, with an account of his own involvement with the club.
Back in 2007 Davidson travelled with his father to watch his first game at the Millerntor. What he found reinforced his faith in football.
This book goes beyond the stereotype to seek out the real St. Pauli – a club with a passionate, left-wing fan-base that has made a stand against, fascism, racism, sexism and homophobia both in football and wider society. As the author and countless others have discovered, the Millerntor is also a place which welcomes with open arms fans seeking an alternative to the soulless conformity of football elsewhere, encouraging them to stay for hours after the final whistle and immerse themselves in the vibrant fan culture. Read this book and fall in love with a different kind of football.
The book is out now and can be ordered directly from the publisher here.
Alternatively, the book will be available at The Brudenell for the launch party next Saturday (22nd), as well as at events in London and Hamburg in the coming weeks.
All the author’s royalties from this book will be donated to the 1910.V. Museum, the FC St. Pauli museum project.
UK book launch poster: