The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Ipswich Town

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Health Checks | 4 Comments
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Ipswich Town

It may surprise people when I say that I haven’t felt so positive about my football club since the Millennium. Ipswich Town are bottom of the Championship and heading for third tier football for the first time since we squeaked past Torquay to win promotion to the old Division 2 in 1957. So you could be forgiven for metaphorically taking my temperature and suggesting that I go for a …

The Argument: Time to Stop Assuming Football Fans are all Thugs

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in The Argument | 9 Comments
The Argument: Time to Stop Assuming Football Fans are all Thugs

A few days ago, the Football Supporters’ Federation who, along with doing great campaigning work on issues like safe standing and ticket prices, have a dedicated Case Worker, who is able to refer fans who get into trouble with the law for legal advice, tweeted thanks to a legal firm “for successfully representing two fans in civil claim against police for false imprisonment & assault. Compensation paid.”

It was the …

Book Review: Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & Sexism

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & Sexism

Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & Sexism by Carrie Dunn
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
July 2014, £45

Judging a book by its cover, which of course we have all been advised never to do, this work by Carrie Dunn appears to be scholarly but not a forbidding, heavyweight tome. Dunn is an academic who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and a journalist who is well known for her writing, …

Gender and Football: Much Work to be Done

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Gender and Football | No Comments
Gender and Football: Much Work to be Done

Who would you use as an example if you wanted to illustrate the worst kind of idiocy or incompetence on the football field, or indeed in sport generally?

Several names, possibly the directors of major football clubs or members of the ITV commentary team, spring immediately to mind, but the answer, of course, is Your Nan.

Ask any Lad aged between eight and eighty who they’d use as …

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Ownership | 13 Comments
Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

When Vincent Tan, the Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, made the — apparently unilateral – decision to change the club’s colours from blue to red, I posted a few remarks on Twitter intended to express some solidarity with those Cardiff supporters who felt that this change was the last straw. Some fans had even made the painful decision to stop going to watch their own club as a result.…

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