Q&A Phil Thornton Author of ‘Casuals’

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We’ve been big fans of author, activist and Runcorn ace face Phil Thornton for a long time. Phil’s been setting scenes and writing wrongs since before the internet were a lad and continues to write wise words and wear top tweed in a way we can only admire. When he was asked to contribute a new chapter to the reissued 10th anniversary edition of his landmark Casuals book, he wrote that much he had to release it as another book.  Author of one of the best football books of our generation, let’s see what Mr Thornton had to say.

What did you have for breakfast?

Eggs benedict with truffle shavings and brown sauce

What’s good about your hometown?

Runcorn is a huge social experiment to see if scousers and Mancs can get along together. They can’t!

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

Born in Liverpool, taken to the Kop aged 6, end up in United Road yelling ‘you Scouse Bastards’ to Liverpool fans 12 years later. In fact I’ve already written about it, ”100% Pure Wool” – life in a northern new town. Feather cuts, wedges, skinheads and back perms.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I’m not sure if they’re a celebrity as such but I’d love to twat Kelvin MacKenzie good style, not only for the lies he told about Hillsborough but for being such a loathesome Tory maggot.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I don’t spend that much on one item – I’d get a whole outfit for that much. I missed out on a lovely Paramo Halcon Traveller jacket at Adapt Outdoors in Liverpool. I’d get one of those, some Lois Ronda jeans, a pair of Scarpa hiking boots and a Greenwoods bobble hat.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Fjallraven – if only to prove that This Thing Of Ours is not the ‘designer’ label/expense over function fixated movement that too many fuckwits have claimed it to be over the years. The Scandiphilic obsession may have waned a tad now but we still seek and that’s the important bit.

Post O’Alls – I call it Casey Jones Chic or the Third Reich Rambler look but these classic and new outdoor wear/workwear labels have proved that you can produce unique, beautiful garments that will last a lifetime.

Curva Nord – our doomed t-shirt label from the early 00s. 80s Casuals and Casual Connoisseurs proved there was a big market for casual/scally/footy inspired designs but we were perhaps too ‘niche’ even within that niche.  Glad to have got it back on the road this year thanks to the CasualCo twins.
If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Slaughter & The Dogs – You’re Ready Now

Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader

Orbital – Chime

Debussy – String Quartet In G Minor



Words – Michael Richardson