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Arsenal fans: ‘It’s up for grabs’ – help save The Gooner Fanzine from shutting its long-running print version

PUBLISHED: 17:10 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 28 March 2018

Arsenal fans are called upon to help save The Gooner Fanzine

Arsenal fans are called upon to help save The Gooner Fanzine

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They think it’s all over. It might not be yet. Long-running Arsenal fanzine The Gooner needs your help to stage a stunning last minute comeback and continue publishing its print version.

Rob Holding is a big fan of the Gooner Fanzine. Pictured with Islington Gazette Arsenal reporter Layth Yousif. Credit @laythy29 TwitterRob Holding is a big fan of the Gooner Fanzine. Pictured with Islington Gazette Arsenal reporter Layth Yousif. Credit @laythy29 Twitter

The legendary fanzine has been running for the last three decades but in February 2017 we revealed the final issue would hit the streets next month.

However, editor Kevin Whitcher has refused to let one of Arsenal’s matchday institutions die, and is calling for loyal Gunners fans to get behind the cult publication by issuing a rallying cry to ‘Save The Gooner’.

In order to safeguard the immediate future of one of the UKs oldest independent football publications Kevin has launched an appeal to get to 1,000 subscribers – by next week.

Speaking to the Islington Gazette he said: “The Gooner’ is in danger of ceasing publication with its final issue of the current season unless we hit our target.

“In recent seasons, sales outside the stadium have fallen away for a number of reasons, not least the lack of matchday routine with so few of the games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday. Yet, there is still a hardcore audience for the fanzine, and they have made it clear we would be sorely missed.

“So to guarantee the viability of the mag, next season, most of the copies will be sent through the post to advance subscribers paying £30 for a season’s worth of issues.

“We need 1,000 to commit by the end of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to make it viable. We have 850 currently, but need a final push.”

The fanzine is a mix of opinion and retro content along with match reports and exclusive interviews with Arsenal players past and present and is penned by many passionate and excellent writers.

It has also been the starting point for journalist and author Amy Lawrence, as well as author Jon Spurling.

The publication is the current Fanzine of the Year awarded to the team at the prestigious FSF Awards in December.

For details on how to subscribe follow @goonerfanzine Twitter account.

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