The first thing to note is that Strategic Optimism Football are psychogeographical aesthetic athletes. Onetime affiliates of the Workshop for Non-Linear Architecture (WNLA), Materialist Psychogeographic Affiliation (MPA) and The New Cross Triangle Psychogeographical Association (NXTPA) have passed through their ranks.
Such illustrious connections clearly influenced their choices in terms of how, and when, to appear. The Optimists’ kit is notable, not just for its manufacture by footballing sex workers during a drug-fueled industrial sploshing session, a shotgun wedding between Pinot-Gallizio and Asger Jorn during a cheap internet porn shoot involving the overproduction of custard. It functions to simultaneously dazzle the oppositions, whilst camouflaging its bearers as they sneak up on goal and was made as a limited edition of twelve consistent but unique iterations.
Beyond such trifles however, the team’s logo is also notable, derived as it is from the NXTPA’s investigations into the unicursal hexagram that forms the ley architecture of the New Cross Triangle area itself. The NXTPA developed a leyline map of the area based on their discoveries showing two intersecting triangles, not overlaid – as in the ancient Seal of Solomon symbol – but as dialectically fused, thus drawn unicursally – a macrocosmic representation of planetary forces and elements in dialectical unity. It is the dialectic and the triolectic combined and figured, psycho-graphically.
It is not coincidental that this glyph bears a remarkable congruence with that developed by situationist predecessors Alistair Crowley and the Hemetic Order of the Golden Dawn, for use in the Throth Tarot. Within Crowley’s system the symbol served as the card of ‘objective chance’, the joker, hailing the intervention of unknown factors in a situation. It was this aspect that was developed in important psychogeographical directions during the 1990s by the Glasgow-based WNLA. It is no more coincidental that key members of WNLA were instrumental in setting up the Luther Blissett Deptford League in which the Optimists now play.
Still further defying the limits of coincidence, the very same glyph’s psycho(geo)graphical power has long been harnessed by one Jamie MacGregor Reid, heir to a Druidic lineage of George Watson Macgregor Reid – his great uncle and cohort of Crowley. ‘Uncle George’, as Reid has affectionately called him, was a Glasgow docker, radical political agitator and founder of significant elements of modern Druidry. It was from him that Reid learned basic psychogeography. This is the very same Jamie Reid of course, who once supplied revolutionary graphics to the English situationists during the 1960s. It was also the same Jamie Reid, who in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren – himself introduced to psychogeography at a bus stop within the New Cross Triangle (another coincidence?) – set about utilising the knowledge of his ancestors to undertake a mythopoetic assault on British society in the form of punk. His graphics were thus highly influential in aiding psychogeography’s contamination of the mainstream. Vague magazine #22, probably inadvertently, makes this connection crystal clear, with a centrefold that juxtaposes situationist Guy Debord’s psychogeographical map of Paris The Naked City with an image of Reid’s Celtic Surveyor publication – bearing a depiction of Stonehenge, scrawled with this very same hexagraphic glyph.
The reverse of the kit is consistent across all players – accounting of course for the uniqueness that each shirt derives from its production process. However, it is also united across all players, it is both universal and particular. Strategic Optimism Football is a home team for all those without a home, where all the shirts read Blissett and bear the number 23. Each player is Luther Blissett, the infamous pseudonymic psychogeographer and Watford/A.C, Milan star Luther Blissett – creator of the first 3-sided tournaments and currently coach at Hemel Hempsted Town. They are also Luther Blissett the multiple-use name, popularised in Italy during the 1990s, a funny man in a farce staged on the theatre of the world, an urban mythopoetic folk hero, a druidic bard of de-conditioning.
The kit is also a revolutionary détournement of one David “Aurea Bulla“ Beckham OBE, and his homage to the dark occult masters for whom he propagated key mythopoetic deeds around the dawn of the millennium. In order to détourn Beckham’s cultish power, SOF players all wear the number 23, which Beckham chose at Real Madrid in honour of its occult significance – a significance often recognised by William Burroughs and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth amongst others.
It is little known that Beckham was a mythopoetic avatar for the forces of the state and their attempted repression of the burgeoning revolutionary psychogeography of the early 1990s. His playing career was in fact one significant counter-revolutionary manifestation arising in direct opposition to the nascent 1990s psychogeographic revival in the UK.
Beckham was personally chosen by the Queen as a new ‘Arthur’, in order to embody the fiction of the English nation against psychogeography’s literal deterriorialisations. He played his debut on the 23rd September, 1992, not coincidentally the very same day that the US conducted the last ritual nuclear test of the Cold War era, detonating a 20 kiloton bomb in the Nevada desert. This underground explosion, taking place on the eve of the Autumn Equinox, was orchestrated to herald the rebirth of the Sun King in the form of the Western alliance, in their triumph over the USSR. It was mythopoetically embodied by none other than Beckham “Golden Balls” himself! (See numerous sources on Celtic festive sports and the symbolism of the Sun King and the Golden Ball in football’s ritual origins).
Furthermore, on Beckham’s right arm, astute observers will recall that he bears a tattoo of a Knights Templar. This is coupled with the fact that he, of course, captained an England team who take to the field wearing the Templar’s rosy cross. It is clear Beckham and his masters sought to channel the knowledge of those pioneers of Unitary Urbanism, the Templar’s Rosicrucians successors. This was of course at the exact moment that radical psychogeographers were first becoming aware of the Situatationist’s attempts to utilise this very same knowledge! (See Blissett, L. ‘The Situationists as Rosicrucians’, Here and Now Guy Debord Supplement 1995). It is no coincidence that just one month after the London Psychogeographical Association re-formed in a Templar cave at Roisia’s Cross (Royston, England – where the Rosicrucians had formed 400 years earlier) that Beckham should be chosen to take back the Rosicrucian teachings for the English state and its monarchy.
As ever, the forces of reaction do not create, rather they live by appropriating struggle. SOF was formed therefore, in part to détourn this expropriation and recapture such knowledge for the forces of revolution.