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September 9, 2013 6:51 AM   Subscribe

You're Lewes F.C., a small semi-professional football club playing in the Isthmian League in London, six levels below the English Premier League. You want to get punters to come to your games, but don't have the budget to put out radio or tv ads. What do you do? Create some really great match day posters, like this one mimicking a WWII Russian propaganda poster or this Clash poster.
posted by MartinWisse (25 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm guessing you also enlist the help of a rabid fan who also happens to be a graphic artist and is willing to help out the club.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:58 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Excellent posters! (Yes, the people posting in this thread are excellent too.)
posted by NoMich at 7:00 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Animals one is my favorite - I love that they even have a little rook floating overhead.

All of these look like images that someone had a lot of fun working on.
posted by DingoMutt at 7:07 AM on September 9, 2013


Nice posters! (For the benefit of non-UK MeFites, Lewes is pronounced with two syllables; it sounds just like Lewis.)
posted by languagehat at 7:17 AM on September 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


These are great - thanks for posting them.

A question for UK people/brits - are games at this level more social event than sporting event? Very curious because it somewhat seems it from some photos of the field they play on.
posted by Fuka at 7:20 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


The price of beer has gone up.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:23 AM on September 9, 2013


I'm surprised they don't sell these, they're great.
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:27 AM on September 9, 2013


Here you go, DynamiteToast.
posted by NoMich at 7:29 AM on September 9, 2013


I like the Met Police one (Valentine special!), especially since I went on a Wikipedia jaunt through some of the more interesting non-League clubs a few weeks ago and was really amused to find that the police force had their own little team.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on September 9, 2013


A question for UK people/brits - are games at this level more social event than sporting event?

Yes. Just like minor league baseball games in the U.S. (or high school football, outside of Texas), there's a certain component of "Hey, let's go see some [sport]," but much of the draw is "You know, Henry's kid is playing tonight" or "Oh, look, free hot dogs and some random minor celebrity will be there signing autographs."
posted by Etrigan at 7:30 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know for all the talk about the cheapening of design by rolling tools out to the masses, stuff like this pretty much makes all the crap designs worth it. Labors of love for the win.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:31 AM on September 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


(sorry, "labours")
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:31 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh these are all derivative, man.
posted by Mister_A at 7:47 AM on September 9, 2013


These are brilliant, but I have to wonder about the missed opportunity here. Perhaps it's played out already.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:54 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Roller derby bout posters are quite often like this as well.
posted by Lucinda at 8:08 AM on September 9, 2013


Wizard of Ouse, FTW.
posted by chavenet at 8:20 AM on September 9, 2013


Marvellous. Makes me nostalgic for the happy days of fun family football before it became yet another money mad venture.
posted by BenPens at 8:31 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fantastic!
posted by a halcyon day at 9:04 AM on September 9, 2013


These are great - well done and funny too. I used to live near Lewes when I was a kid, so of course I'll have to buy one.
posted by Flashman at 9:30 AM on September 9, 2013


It's cool that for 30 pounds a year you can be an owner. Heck, I'm tempted to sign up even though I a) don't follow football and b) live in the U.S.
posted by Jahaza at 9:42 AM on September 9, 2013


Nice stuff. The Clash image was of course an Elvis homage to begin with.
posted by jetsetsc at 9:58 AM on September 9, 2013


A question for UK people/brits - are games at this level more social event than sporting event?

Yes. Just like minor league baseball games in the U.S. (or high school football, outside of Texas), there's a certain component of "Hey, let's go see some [sport]," but much of the draw is "You know, Henry's kid is playing tonight" or "Oh, look, free hot dogs and some random minor celebrity will be there signing autographs."


The Dayton (Ohio) Dragons have sold out every home game since they moved to Dayton and took up residency in the 8,000 seat Fifth Third Field in 2000.

That's 913 straight sold-out games -- the record for all professional sports in the US.

This despite the fact that the Dragons are a Class A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds, who play only fifty miles away.

I suppose it could be for the swag.

 
posted by Herodios at 10:04 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Heck, I'm tempted to sign up even though I a) don't follow football and b) live in the U.S.

It's an investment!
posted by hat_eater at 1:00 PM on September 9, 2013


These are great, but Lewes is definitely not in London.
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show at 2:25 PM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Excellent stuff, I'm tempted to get this T-shirt and I hate football.
posted by epo at 2:44 AM on September 10, 2013


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