Branch of Science is a blog about football culture. As distinct from being a blog about football, what we mean is that we’re predominantly interested in everything that surrounds the game: movies, TV, music, games, toys, comics, books, magazines, fan culture, and just about any other related paraphernalia you can imagine without necessarily being as directly concerned with the actual matter of the twenty-two people on the pitch trying to kick the ball into the net. Of course, we are interested in football itself – but in particular, what we want to explore are the ways in which people relate to the game and its culture, how they filter and experience it, and what it inspires them to create.
Our aim is to publish lively, entertaining and informative writing on these subjects, from a range of contributors with distinct voices. Our features might be analytical, they might be frivolous nonsense, they might be extremely nerdy, they might be light-hearted, they might be serious. They might be long and involving, they might be short and throwaway. What we hope they always are, in any case, is a bloody good read.
In among our longer features we keep the blog running with a rotating set of themed “shorts”, mini (mostly image or video-based) posts spotlighting football ephemera past and present that we’ve found either on the web or out in (*blinks*) the real world.
We’re always on the lookout for new contributors or suggestions for things we might cover, so if that sounds like you, drop us a line. Also feel free to get in touch if you have something you’d like us to cover or review.
Seb Patrick is a freelance writer originally from Liverpool but now based in North London. He writes or has written for When Saturday Comes, BBC America, Wired UK, Den of Geek and Film4.com, and is also the editor of the official Red Dwarf website. He founded Branch of Science in 2014 primarily because he wanted an excuse to write several thousand words about Roy of the Rovers. Blog / Twitter
Simon Tyers has been writing about football since some time in the mid to late 90s and began actually having people read it in the mid-00s. He has written for When Saturday Comes magazine since 1999, once penned a piece for Liverpool’s matchday magazine and has maintained websites recommended in the Times, Telegraph and on XFM. He supports Leicester City, spends far too long on YouTube and knows plenty about football’s history on television.
Chris Ledger is a writer and journalist, who is rather fond of semicolons and second strikers. He mainly writes about video games, football culture, cover versions and music charts. Pavel Srníček is his all-time favourite goalkeeper, which probably says everything about him. If needed, you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter.
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