Neil Bedford, photographer and Bedford City Football Club supporter, has produced a fascinating series of fan portraits. Love for the club is a shared passion among all the sitters, who also all wear some version of a club tattoo. Many have “the City Gent,” a character developed in 1966 when several clubs looked to emulate the success of World Cup Willie, the mascot of that years World Cup. “The City Gent” became a popular tattoo among fans on the terraces in the 1970s. The color portraits complement a series of black and white terraces images that Bedford has also produced.
More examples follow.