Title: Freedom Through Football: The Story of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls : Inside Britain's Most Intrepid Sports Club
Photographer(s): Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls archive
Writer(s): Banksy, Will Simpson, Malcolm McMahon
Designer(s): Joe Burt
Publisher(s): Tangent Books, Bristol, England
Size: 14 x 21 cm
Print: Jonathan Lewis, Essential Print Management, Bristol, England
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Mexico, 2001
Will Simpson and Malcolm McMahon have painstakingly researched the first 20 years of the history of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls. Simpson and McMahon are long-standing members of the organisation that can without any doubt claim to be 'Britain's Most Intrepid Sports Club'.
The anarchist football team formed out of a kick-about between a group of punks and kids from St Pauls and in 2012 celebrated its 20th year. During that time they have played football against the Zapatista Freedom Fighters in Mexico, sent a cricket team to Compton in Los Angeles, organised the Alternative World Cup, played football in Palestine and much more.
A young street artist called Banksy joined the Cowboys on their trip to play against the Zapatistas and the book contains never before published pictures of Banksy at work in Mexico
Banksy played in goal for the Easton Cowboys football team and the book contains extremely rare pictures of the artist on tour with the Cowboys in the Chiapas region of Mexico. But that's only a small part of the story of the Bristol team founded by punks and anarchists in 1992 that has grown into one of the most radical sports clubs in the world. Fully revised and updated second edition. In the summer of 1992 just as one revolution was starting to unfold in English football with the advent of the Premier League, a group of amateur players from inner-city Bristol were about to embark on a very different sort of journey.Few of that original team could have predicted that it would be a journey that would take them to a low level war zone in Mexico, cricket games in South Central LA and dusty pitches in Palestine, nor that they would be accompanied along the way by ski-masked Zapatista rebels, rampageous netballers, can can dancers and an up-and-coming street artist named Banksy. This is the unlikely world the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls have created for themselves. Long-standing team members Will Simpson and Malcolm McMahon are your guides to this punk-inspired, community-minded club that truly is like no other in British sport.