Sportspages on Charing Cross Road closes
News reaches What was the score?
that the Sportspages shop on the Charing Cross Road closed its doors yesterday. I have spent many an hour idly whiling away the time missing trains reading fanzines and magazines as have many other people I know.
Of course it's heyday was during the late 80's and 90's as fans all over the country began to voice terrace feelings into print with Charlton's very own Voice of the Valley
one of the very earliest examples. However the internet has pretty much killed off the paper format of fanzines, replaced now by websites and blogs like this one.
In fact Sportspages had another reason to blame the internet for it's demise. The original owner split the business into two when he walked away from the company two years ago. The shop was bought by employees and the mail order part sold to Sportsbooks Direct
. Of course the mail order and website grew, whilst the shop trade dwindled.
Another side issues of course to the changes in football, it's fans and it's culture.