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We Are Celtic Supporters, by Richard Purden 0

Posted on September 21, 2011 by samh

We Are Celtic Supporters, by Richard Purden, with a foreword by Rod Stewart (2011)

This book, published in September 2011, examines what created the culture, ideas and beliefs around Celtic football club. Author Richard Purden travels the world to find fans far and wide, from the ordinary to the celebrity. And there are indeed a wealth of the latter – as well as rocker Rod Stewart, who writes the foreword, there are exclusive interviews with famous fans such as Billy Connolly, Jim Kerr and Noel Gallagher. Read more…

We Are Tottenham: Voices from White Hart Lane 0

Posted on September 01, 2011 by samh

We Are Tottenham: Voices from White Hart Lane, by Martin Cloake and Adam Powley (2004)

Rodney Marsh once infamously dubbed them ‘the worst fans in Britain’, but ‘fickle’ is the more familiar label applied to supporters of Tottenham Hotspur. But who are these seemingly forever unhappy fans?

We Are Tottenham puts Spurs supporters at the centre of the tale of a dramatic season at White Hart Lane, one in which fans’ hero Glenn Hoddle was axed after only six games, and the club faced a fight for its reputation. The book aims to expose the myth of the ‘average football fan’, providing a compelling account of the joy, frustration and absurdity of following a Premiership club. It uses the events and themes of the 2003-04 campaign to address the issues that matter to many football fans today, from the dominance of money to the passions of a local derby.

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Sing When You’re Winning: Football Fans, Terrace Songs and a Search for the Soul of Soccer 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Sing When You’re Winning: Football Fans, Terrace Songs and a Search for the Soul of Soccer, by Colin Irwin (2006)

Colin Irwin dons his bobble hat and scarf in pursuit of the ultimate football anthem. From Gillingham to John O’Groats FC, he joins the fans of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and all the other leading clubs in the country… and many obscure ones too.

He looks at the history of the songs and drinks with the fans in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the seemingly spontaneous songmaking, devours a lot of dodgy pies and attempts to launch his own terrace chant. After meeting a bewildering array of colourful, noisy characters with interesting haircuts, he returns with a sore throat and a million anecdotes about tribal anthems, full of passion, wit and cultural identity that can instantly inform, delight and provoke in equal measures.

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Rivals: The Offbeat Guide to the 92 League Clubs 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Rivals: The Offbeat Guide to the 92 League Clubs, by Geoff Harvey and Vanessa Strowger (2004)

With extensive quotes and contributions from supporters, this book examines the extraordinary cult of British football derbies, and the stereotypes and opinions supporters have about their footballing rivals.

The authors use statistics and fans’ testimonies to reveal facts such as Bolton Wanderers being the most loathed club in Britain, or Portsmouth possessing the most vocal fans. The book uncovers the amusing, bizarre, and sometimes alarming portraits of the intensity of fans’ feelings; the way in which they perceive other teams, towns and cities, and how they personally relate to the areas where they live and were brought up.

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Post-fandom and the Millennial Blues: The Transformation of Soccer Culture 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Post-fandom and the Millennial Blues: The Transformation of Soccer Culture, by Steve Redhead (1997)

Football fandom has traditionally been seen as an important part of adolescent, generally male, identity-making.

In this timely and important contribution to the field of popular cultural studies, Steve Redhead looks at the way youth culture is being reshaped by media culture in its various aspects at the end of the millennium. Read more…

Cherries in the Red: How One Football Fan Saved His Club and Became Its Chairman 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Cherries in the Red: How One Football Fan Saved His Club and Became Its Chairman, by Trevor Watkins (2000)

This book tells the story of City lawyer and lifelong Cherries fan Trevor Watkins, who stepped in to help when AFC Bournemouth faced explusion from the Football League as receivers came in mid-season 1997. With his expertise, enthusiasm and vision, Watkins helped the community come together to really make a difference and save their local club. It is an interesting read for all football fans, especially those whose club has been threatened with going out of existence. And, let’s face it, there are increasingly more of them around.

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