The Social, Cultural and Political Shaping of English Football

  • Chris PorterEmail author
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Chapter 2 outlines the ways in which English football has attempted to ‘modernise’ since the middle of the twentieth century. As well as positioning English football within wider social, political and economic processes, the chapter emphasises the relative class positions of the most powerful and influential factions steering the game towards its present state. A battle for control of English football was underway, between old aristocratic elites clinging to a sense of national exceptionalism, and a new commercial class, seeking to restructure the nation’s favourite pastime to more effectively exploit the marketing opportunities spied within a burgeoning consumer society. Football’s supporters were little more than flotsam and jetsam amidst the ideological battle in English football’s corridors of power. When fans were taken seriously by authorities and club owners, it tended to be as an entity to be controlled or monetised, or preferably, both.


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  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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