Gender and Football: Belles, Balls and Bureaucracy

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Gender and Football | No Comments
Gender and Football: Belles, Balls and Bureaucracy

It’s 2012. I am standing on my old school field, in roughly the same spot where sixteen years earlier, during Year 8 PE, I face-planted the cinder-running track attempting the hurdles. I am one of a crowd of twenty or so watching a football match on the new 3G Astroturf. I am joking with one of the players warming up to go on. “A pint a goal, seems fair”. …

Gender and Football: What’s the Difference Between Me and You?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Gender and Football | One Comment
Gender and Football: What’s the Difference Between Me and You?

Clutching the baton from Rob – who focused on ideas around masculinity in yesterday’s piece – Nicky Borowiec continues our gender-themed series of posts by reflecting on whether her experiences as a football fan have been shaped by her sex. Nicky can be followed on twitter here.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve been asked to write about my experience as a female football fan. Previously, …

Gender and Football: Getting Stuck In

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Gender and Football | One Comment
Gender and Football: Getting Stuck In

Even by the standards of Twitter’s water cooler moments, the debate over the award of the Ballon D’Or earlier this month had to be one of the most curious.

Cristiano Ronaldo emerged victorious but in the wake of the Real Madrid man’s accolade, most attention was directed towards England manager Roy Hodgson’s preference for Javier Mascherano. In a perplexing online assault, the magnitude of which perhaps only Adrian Chiles …

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 …

Gender and Football: a Personal View

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Gender and Football | 3 Comments
Gender and Football: a Personal View

We kick off February with a series of posts on the interrelationship between football and gender. Tomorrow, TTU regular Susan Gardiner will analyse the progress of women’s involvement in the sport while Glen Wilson will take the temperature of women’s football itself. We shall also hear from Southampton fan Nicky Borowiec while blog co-founder Rob Langham will assess concepts of masculinity in the game, hopefully without resort to a …

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