Hope Springs Eternal

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Hope Springs Eternal

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Portraits of England fans from the 2006 World Cup

Another penalty shoot out, another ignominious defeat. The predictable end of another England World Cup campaign. Cue recriminations, resignations and national mourning... for at least a week anyway.

It's easy to forget the unprecedented optimism with which the England team and their fans went into the 2006 tournament. Across the country, national pride swept all before it. Any cynicism about England’s chances was drowned out by a groundswell of hope and bullish confidence. It manifested itself everywhere. Nearly a third of all adults bought at least one flag to fly from their car or to drape from their house. Advertisers covered every square inch of billboard space with red and white and implored us to Believe.

And so we did. The nation put its faith on the shoulders of eleven men on a football field, and eleven wags in the stands. England’s new religion was no more visible than on the streets of Leeds, where after two years of first division football, the city finally had a team of talented players in could support.  

Forty years of hurt were put to one side, shirts were donned, and glasses filled. With the best team for a generation, this year would be different...

150mm x 190mm 24pp full colour book

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