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 …

The Argument: In the TV Money Era, Don’t Forget the Matchgoing Fan

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in The Argument | No Comments
The Argument: In the TV Money Era, Don’t Forget the Matchgoing Fan

The latest in our series sees Terry Clague offer a short reminder to club owners as to which body of people has facilitated their ability to make money out of football in the first place. Terry has previously written for The Anfield Wrap and can be followed on twitter here.

As football and capitalism have developed in recent decades, the former seems to trace the latter’s trajectories, …

The Argument: Time for Midweek Afternoon Matches?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in The Argument | 2 Comments
The Argument: Time for Midweek Afternoon Matches?

There are well over three million retail workers in the UK, many of whom work more Saturdays than not. Add on public service and transport employees and a whole stack of night shift workers and you a have significant portion of the country that cannot watch football at its traditional time of Saturday at 3pm.

Saturday 3pm is a tradition based on working men who finished their shifts on …

The Argument: Against Goal Line Technology

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in The Argument | 4 Comments
The Argument: Against Goal Line Technology

Escape To Victory was on TV at Christmas. It usually is. It’s basically a terrible film but it’s full of Ipswich Town players from the early 1980s; like many Ipswich fans, I can recite entire chunks of the film’s dialogue off by heart, a skill which comes in very handy when you’re trying to clear your living room of drunk people at the end of a party.

In case …

The Argument: In 2016, Football is as Political as Ever

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in The Argument | One Comment
The Argument: In 2016, Football is as Political as Ever

Write a piece about something that is bugging you” about the game. Blimey, where do you start? Footballs on plinths, rampant corruption, automatic bookings for taking your shirt off, the pointlessness of football phone-ins, York City in the mire of sub-mediocrity? The choice is endless and picking just one thing out is a thankless task. And yet…

The notion that football and politics do not mix is absurd. …

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