Viva Popular Stand – New Ed on the Block

Dramatic news in the world of thirteen year-old football fanzines today as it was announced that Nathan Batchelor and Lucy Burke would be stepping down from their joint role as editor of the award-winning Popular Stand fanzine. The Popular Stand executive board have moved swiftly to announce a replacement for Batchelor and Burke, with Viva Rovers‘ Glen Wilson announced as the new editor of the long-running ‘zine.

Long-time contributor Wilson first joined the fanzine in 2000, and his move into the editor’s office continues Popular Stand‘s policy of appointing from within. The 28 year-old former schoolboy who has served as editor of “high-brow” Doncaster website Viva Rovers since 2006 has spoken of his delight at taking over the reins of the fanzine. “It’s something that’s very difficult to turn down when your fanzine comes calling,” said Wilson, “I am very proud to be continuing a long tradition of hastily put together unofficial and occasionally libelous publications in Doncaster”.

Despite the fanzine’s long run, having been founded in January 1998 when the club was at it’s lowest point, Wilson is only the third editor of the publication. Batchelor has been in charge for a decade having initially taken over from founding editor Lee Clayton. There are some who cruelly suggested Batchelor had taken the fanzine as far as he could, others rumoured he had lost the contributors room, but these are completely unfounded allegations. That Batchelor was able to maintain a print fanzine throughout a testing period of positivity and success on the field, is testament to his commitment to the cause. He and Burke have left the fanzine by mutual consent as they look to concentrate on other projects, which are thought to include “The Making of Popular Stand” the movie, in which Batchelor and Burke are played by Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslett. Charlie Sheen is currently being auditioned for the role of Clarkey.

Wilson meanwhile has pleaded to fans of Popular Stand for patience;  “The readers, the writers and myself all want the best from Popular Stand but these things take time. As long as the people are patient I believe we can deliver the sort of fanzine that they’re willing to pay good money to read, or a pound at least.” It is hoped that the next issue of the fanzine will be produced and available for Easter.


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


6 thoughts on “Viva Popular Stand – New Ed on the Block

  1. I think the board may have been too hasty. Its been far from a disastrous season, and these injuries cant have been easy to deal with. And when teams like Cardiff are loaning Prem players on nearly a hundred grand a week, its an uphill battle.

    I think a protest should be arranged for before the match tomorrow – REINSTATE BATCHELOR, WILSON OUT!!!


    Posted by RTR | March 18, 2011, 1:05 pm
  2. Under my rule there is no tolerance of protests. I also intend to make my first speach as editor beneath an umbrella, next to a golf cart

    Posted by glen wilson | March 18, 2011, 2:51 pm
  3. could you for the waiting audience outline your literary strategy?

    Posted by david thomas emson | March 18, 2011, 5:46 pm
  4. Bl**y rubbish Wilson…..get Duerden in

    Posted by Rosso Exile | March 18, 2011, 8:11 pm
  5. Hmm sounds very much like the speech made at Julius Caesar’s funeral……..your part in this plot will forever be etched in the minds of the readers and you will pay the price.

    Posted by steve | March 18, 2011, 11:09 pm
  6. A change was required. Batchelor had been concentrating more of his time on his Cup-a-Soup business lately and it showed in the diminshing quality of the publication. He needed to go.

    Back in ’99 I knew when my time was up and he was quick to let me know – in fact him and Burke set me up – the stories involving myself , Steve Brentano , a framed photo of Bruce Forsyth’s hairpiece and a transvestite albino gerbil called Francois , were never proven – just scurrilous lies and accusations to achieve the desired affect.

    Hopefully Wilson can now take the fanzine back to the glory days of the first 8 issues.

    Posted by Founding Editor | March 22, 2011, 4:38 pm

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