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The British Football Film


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Professionals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 21-49
    3. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 51-71
    4. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 73-86
  4. The Amateurs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 89-106
    3. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 107-127
    4. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 129-137
  5. The Supporters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 141-149
    3. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 151-177
    4. Stephen Glynn
      Pages 179-203
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-262

About this book


This book constitutes the first full volume dedicated to an academic analysis of British football as depicted on film. From early single-camera silents to its current multi-screen mediations, the repeated treatment of football in British cinema points to the game’s importance not only in the everyday rhythms of national life but also, and especially, its immutable place in the British imaginary landscape. Through close textual analysis together with production and reception histories, this book explores the ways in which professional footballers, amateur players and supporters (the devoted and the demonized) have been represented on the British screen. As well as addressing the joys and sorrows the game necessarily engenders, British football is shown to function as an accessible structure to explore wider issues such as class, race, gender and even the whole notion of ‘Britishness’. 


football British film sports player national identity class race gender

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Stephen Glynn is Associate Research Fellow at De Montfort University, UK. His previous Palgrave publications are The British Pop Music Film: The Beatles and Beyond (2013) and The British School Film: From Tom Brown to Harry Potter (2016).

Bibliographic information


 “Stephen Glynn’s survey will be welcomed by film historians and historians of sport … The British Football Film is a more than helpful compendium, and Glynn proves a sure-footed and undogmatic guide.” (Dilwyn Porter, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol. 16 (2), April, 2019)