Thomas Pickles gives some background on We Are These People.
It was only when I left home that I really appreciated where I was from.
I wouldn’t call it homesickness but London’s big buildings, fast pace and sardine-tin public transport can get pretty tiring. And from a football perspective, the amount of Manchester United shirts in the south… Heck, I thought it was a cliche that there’re a lot of United fans in London. It’s not. There really is a lot. (‘Fans’ not ‘supporters’, they don’t actually do any real supporting.)
And so, being away from home only strengthened my love for it. And for Burnley FC.
I was raised a Claret and had a season ticket for ten years but it’s only since I’ve left that I’ve felt a fierce passion for my club. In a world of swelling football finance and a Premier League packed with prima-donnas, I’m drawn to my club like a moth to a lamp.
Perhaps it’s simply because Burnley Football Club is in our veins. We aren’t the kind of people to nip down to JD Sports and pick up the red or the blue of whichever team is top of the Premier League.
Being from Burnley and being a Burnley FC fan isn’t about that. It’s about the thick and the thin. It’s about riding the wave of the good times and swimming against the tide when needs be.
I feel sorry for people who don’t have that kind of commitment to a football club.
But we do.
And at no time is that loyalty and passion displayed more than during a derby game.
Especially our derby game. To the hustle and bustle of London, it might seem another planet but the East Lancashire derby is massive and there’re more than enough people nation and worldwide who recognise that.
It earns its magnitude through the simple fact that we’re so similar. Two towns of a similar population, with a similar history and with similar people of similar stock.
We’re separated by similarities.
That makes the derby fiercer. There’s more at stake because we can empathise with the loser.
So perhaps this film did stem from homesickness. It’s an ode to my football club and my home town.
I wanted to create a short film which celebrated the East Lancashire derby. Furthermore, I wanted to showcase our beautiful corner of the world and the people who’re born and bred here.
This is our home.
And we are these people.
No Nay Never’s derby day short film We Are These People launches here tomorrow at 9am. It will be shown on the big screen at the Turf at half time.
What does the derby mean to you? Comment below.