Welcome to the debut edition of our newest gallery series, where in a spin off of What Football Is Supposed To Look Like (and there may be a slight bit of overlap here or there but that’s ok) we celebrate the increasingly lost art of flag and banner hanging.
In modern stadiums, we regularly see soulless competition branding uniformly adorning any available space (well, “we” don’t), making every ground look the same in many tournaments. Even where this isn’t the case, there is often an uncomfortable slickness to the production and hanging techniques of banners by some big, modern day supporters groups, impressive though they still may be. Here we shall look back to a time when this wasn’t the case, when chaos and home-made were king, and the noun “smattering” was amongst the most apt to describe the banner-hanging glory of the era.
Young Boys Bern vs Den Haag, UEFA Cup, 04/11/1987:
Lithuania vs Ireland, World Cup Qualifier, 10/09/1997:
Poland vs Norway, World Cup Qualifier, 13/10/1993:
Getafe vs Real Avilés, Segunda División B, 08/04/1990:
Anderlecht vs Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Cup Final, 09/05/1984:
CIS vs Germany, European Championships, 12/06/1992:
Luxembourg vs Greece, World Cup Qualifier, 12/10/1993: