A City legend long before the current batch... A City legend long before the current batch…

Cloth caps, rattles, Bovril, heaving crowds, balls with laces and boots that were…well, boots. All of these iconic images can be found in the paintings of Paine Proffitt, an American artist who came to Britain and fell in love with football. And we’re mighty glad he did, because Paine’s works – mostly acrylic on canvas – have been delighting fans with an appreciation of nostalgia and the sport’s earthy roots.

The son of a war correspondent with Newsweek, Paine settled in the Midlands and is now a committed Port Vale fan. It seems an unlikely marriage – you might reasonably have expected him to have attached himself to one of the more glamorous clubs as a newcomer to the game. His surroundings have certainly informed his work and reflect a love of the heritage of the working man’s favourite pastime. “The…

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