Supporter Ownership in English Football

Class, Culture and Politics

  • Chris Porter

Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Chris Porter
    Pages 1-20
  3. ‘They Call It the People’s Game’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Chris Porter
      Pages 75-98
  4. ‘The Likes of Us’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-102
    2. Chris Porter
      Pages 103-157
  5. ‘The Enemy Within’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-206
    2. Chris Porter
      Pages 237-276
    3. Chris Porter
      Pages 277-299
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-313

About this book


This book presents a fresh perspective on football fandom in England, going beyond existing debates surrounding the structural transformations English football has seen in recent decades, to consider the contested cultural ground upon which football fandom exists.


Supporter Ownership in English Football connects cultural conflict experienced across society associated with negotiating structural changes such as globalisation, commodification and social exclusion, with supporter ownership in football – which is in itself an expression and reflection of broader social and political shifts in class-consciousness. Discourses of identity, authenticity, loyalty, ownership and above all, the possibilities and limitations for ordinary people to influence change, play a decisive role in how fans come to decide whether they could, or should, have a meaningful say in the future of their club and the game itself. While celebrating the achievements, progress and potential of the supporter ownership movement, the book is also careful to take account of the various setbacks, contradictions and limiting tendencies that continue to shape its developmental trajectory.


Porter’s relation of football supporter ownership to the political and social class dynamics of contemporary society will be of interest to scholars of sport studies, sociology, cultural studies and politics, and those interested in social movements, consumerism, identity, authenticity and community.



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Authors and affiliations

  • Chris Porter
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan University ManchesterUK

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