A Whitby football fanatic is combining his love for Whitby Town with some artistic flair to raise much-needed funds for the club.
Paul Connolly (17) of Park Terrace first got the idea from the Leeds United magazine The Square Ball and developed it from there, writing and designing the pages himself.
“I thought it was something different and something the club needed, a different media voice other than the website and the forum,” he said.
The fanzine – called Blue Army– includes player profiles, interviews with players past and present and famous cup runs.
Paul does not take a penny back, and has ploughed more than £160 worth of proceeds into club funds.
He has the backing of Whitby Town boss and ex-Sunderland star Darren Williams, club physio Kenny Bolton, goalkeeping coach Dennis Wheeler and keeper Shane Bland who, along with sponsors, put money into the project to help keep it going.
Paul is now preparing to site his A-levels before going on to study a course in sports journalism.
He has already been offered a place at Leeds Trinity which would be handy for his other interest, as a supporters of Leeds United, but fully intends to keep the fanzine going strong next season.
He has also had his work printed in the Square Ball with an article about the numerous Whitby and Leeds United connections and the build-up to a Leeds on the Road tour coming to the town.
Paul has been following the Blues for 10 years – his first game saw a 1-0 home win over Radcliffe Borough.
The fanzine is out once a month during the football season and costs £2.50, with all proceeds going to the club.
You can buy it from the club shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org