I'm Jay (or Jé, depending on my mood/location) and for the coming weeks/months/years I'm going to be writing my views on football design on this blog. This may come in the form of commenting on news stories or just simply things that have been getting my goat.
Some of you may be already familiar with my input into our sister site FSC, both in kit designs and comments on news articles where I usually post as Jay29ers (so some may even have a recollection of my Peter Doherty-baiting on Libertines forums. Ahem) but I'll give you a little bit of my background:
I'm French-British with no grasp of French and a loose grasp of English, in my twenties (just), I live in east London and I divide my work time between a job for a computer software company and my (soon to be relaunched) eBay shop jfh29er, mainly selling used football shirts. I've been fascinated by football design, kits in particular, since the age of ten or eleven and although I have no formal qualifications in any area of design (save for a poor A level in Art) I still give it a go and that's why I love this site and jumped at the chance of being involved with it. I think it's superb that, in much the same way that myspace ruffled the feathers of the music industry, we've got an opportunity to show industries connected with football design what we - fans and amateur designers - really think makes for a great kit, stadium, badge and so on.
On a personal level, I have what I'll have to concede can only really be described as "fondnesses" for Liverpool, Celtic, Olympique de Marseille and, in London, Millwall. Depending on the occasion, this fondness can evolve into fiery-eyed passion but you can't play Rangers et al every week. More generally I adore the sensationalism and soap-opera qualities of modern football. Any game with a rivalry or edge is of interest and what that sporting event is packaged with (kits, arenas, er, stanchion types) just adds to the flavour. I'm also a serial fantasist and the founder member of Marceltipool Football Club