I didn’t notice until glancing at the WordPress dashboard just now, but the previous post on here was number 1,000. It took us almost two and a half years of posting to reach four figures, with no fewer than 37 different writers appearing here, to whom I am eternally grateful.
Here’s what I wrote in the first post here, back in early June 2007:
Pitch invasions. They can represent moments of collective joy; they can be acts of individual stupidity; they can be forms of group protest. In all their manifestations, they represent that which is glorious, terrible, empowering, inane, and perhaps even insane about the people that follow football and who have made it the world’s game. After all, claiming the pitch itself is possibly the ultimate visceral act of supporter power.
That is one reason why this site is called pitchinvasion.net (for more, see this post about my own experiences with pitch invasions), though it’s far from only about pitch invasions themselves: it will explore football supporter culture, politics and passion in all their forms.
This site will be a home for original writing on these topics, and will cull from the web news, video and images by and about fans around the world.
I hope the 1,000 posts since have made Pitch Invasion such a home to some extent, and thank you to everyone who has supported the site by writing, reading, commenting, voting for the site or even buying one of our scarves. Remember, we are always on the look out for new writers with fresh viewpoints, so please drop me a line anytime if you’d like to get more involved.
Though this blog has not proven to be a road to riches for me, I’ve enjoyed it very much as a chance to learn more about the culture of the sport I invest far too much time in, and it has helped make me many new friends around North America and beyond.
Thanks, also, to my wife for her (almost!) endless patience and support for my work on this site. Last year I got a little burned out and the site went on hiatus for a period. I’m happy to say that I don’t see that happening again, so here’s to another 1,000 posts coming up fast.