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DEREK HAMMOND & GARY SILKE
GOT, NOT GOT is based on Derek and Gary's blog on mirrorfootball.co.uk. They have also written on the 'stuff' of football fandom for fanzines, club programmes and magazines including FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes and The Onion Bag - and even supplied the football cards for BBC1′s Match of the Seventies and Match of the Eighties.
Gary is editor of The Fox fanzine - at 24 years and counting, one of the oldest original football fanzines still in existence. He has written a weekly Leicester Mercury column since 2003, and has contributed to When Saturday Comes, retro football mag Backpass and the Leicester Chronicle retro newspaper. It's probably fair to say Gary likes old stuff. He is also the author of the Fanatical Frank and Thirtysomething series of comic-strip books, and the Big Blue Leicester City Scrapbook (all Juma, 1999-2006).
Derek started out writing for the NME, borrowing the pen-name of DJ Fontana from Elvis's drummer. He has since written extensively on music, football and following out-of-date guidebooks around Britain for the likes of Record Collector, FourFourTwo, Maxim, Time Out Guides and BBC Radios 4 and 5 Live. His exploration of London mythology, London, England (Mainstream, 1998) is available for 1p on Amazon, leaving Derek's proudest achievement as a number 32 placing in John Peel's Festive 50 of 1984, when he was the singer in Yeah Yeah Noh. In 2008, he embarked on compiling the multi-volume CD series Perfect Unpop: Peel Show Hits & Long-Lost Lo-Fi Favourites (Cherry Red Records). So far, he's up to Volume I (1976-80).
Gary and Derek both live with their delightful young families in sunny Leicestershire. Not all in one house, like.
"Derek swims endlessly in an ocean of cultural trivia from his youth. His work is a kind of English version of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past ... For Derek and Gary and the dozens of fans who contributed, the book's evocation of the past is a rich, multilayered source of shared memories, totems of their personal and tribal identity."
David Winner - Those Feet: A Sensual History of English Football (Bloomsbury, 2005)