Jacob Charles Wilson

The agony & ecstasy of being a football fan, in photos: Can't smile without you

for Huck Magazine
A line of police horses snarl as they charge the camera.

In 2012, Martin Andersen, a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur since the age of five, set out to capture what it means to be a fan. Seven years and hundreds of games in the making, his recently-published series Can’t Smile Without You offers a glimpse of the intense, emotional world of the club’s diehard fans. Follow the crowds from the terraces to the pubs, Andersen's skilful photography and nerves of steel place you right in the action.

I got beaten up once in Sunderland and I got chased down Bexley Road at a night game. But I understood why: it's not nice to have a lens pointed at your face. In football, there's a lot of tension going on, especially against Arsenal or West Ham, and I'm running around shooting with a flash. People are like, 'who the fuck are you?'

The agony & ecstasy of being a football fan, in photos: Can't smile without you is published by Huck Magazine.