A New Formation
A New Formation is an exploration of the unique role that Black British footballers have played in shaping the beautiful game both on and off the pitch. Written and edited by Calum Jacobs, the anthology is an inventive and highly original analysis of the intersections between football and wider Black British culture, and features interviews with legendary players such as Ian Wright, Anita Asante and Andy Cole.
A New Formation is not a book about football and racism. Jacobs and his co-contributors – including authors Musa Okwonga and Aniefiok Ekpoudom and sports broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye MBE – eschew the standard frameworks of trauma and oppression that are foisted upon Black narratives and seek to move beyond discussions of diversity, identity and representation.
Instead, the book draws upon broader social and cultural history to examine Black footballers in contexts larger than themselves. By engaging with these subtler connections between football and Black cultural expression, A New Formation reveals the vibrancy and nuance of contemporary Black life in Britain.
CARICOM Magazine uses writing from Calum Jacobs (A New Formation, 2022), Caleb Nelson (Open Water, 2021), Musa Okwonga (Striking Out, 2021, In The End…2021) and others to understand whether Dele is a suitable avatar for universality, to define who the greatest Caribbean players to grace the Premier League were and also wrestle with far larger and more complex questions related to idealism, allyship and multiculturalism.
Artwork and photography is provided by Joy Miessi, Lewis Khan, Chester Holme, Milo Belgrove, Simon Heger Knudsen, Tripod City and other up and coming creative practitioners.
CARICOM 2 also carries a supplementary pamphlet, “The Caricom Guide to Black Male Mental Health”. Written by co-founder of the Over The Bridge Podcast, Kwaku Dapaah-Danquah
CARICOM 1 constitutes seven essays – all written by Calum Jacobs – with design and typesetting from Shawn Sawyers of London design studio Regular Practice – which cover topics that explore the intersection between football and the Black experience.
Artwork is provided by Joy Miessi, Chris Baker, Chester Holme, Stuart Ruel and many more emerging creative practitioners.