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.