When approached by the curators of the GloryGlory exhibition in London, to contribute a typographic poster based on a football chant, we were instantly intrigued. Being football fans ourselves, supporting the local team IFK Göteborg, we soon chose the chant ’Alla heter Glenn i Göteborg’ (Everyone’s called Glenn in Gothenburg).
In Gothenburg, Glenn is a very common name. In the early 1980s IFK Göteborg had no fewer than four players named Glenn, including Glenn Hysén and Glenn Strömberg. ‘Alla heter Glenn i Göteborg’ was originally an offensive chant sung by supporters of opposing teams facing IFK Göteborg. However, the chant was soon adopted by the IFK Göteborg supporters.
Our poster includes everyone named Glenn living in Gothenburg. All names were collected from the National Registration and have been split into two groups on opposite sides of the football field, mimicking the supporters on the stands of an actual game. The colour of the poster could only be blue and white - the official colours of IFK Göteborg - popularly called Blåvitt (Blue & White) and the specific colour chosen was PMS 072U, commonly referred to as Klein blue.
The poster has been screen printed on high quality paper in a limited run of 100 copies by Dan Mather in London. It is available to order from the site: www.gloryglenn.se