Author: Susan Gardiner
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 …
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, …
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 …
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.…
Words can reduce a person to an object
Something more easy to hate
An inanimate entity, completely disposable
No problem to obliterate.
– The Language of Violence – Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Why are the voices of women almost silent in the Richard Scudamore case?
Apart from what I thought was an excellent article in The Guardian by Marina Hyde, I have been watching the recent debate in the …