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Football Today

Oct 22, 2020

I don’t know about you but I’m finding it harder and harder to be a football fan.

It’s not that I’m not enjoying the standard of football - the quality of the elite game has probably never been better across the top European divisions.

It’s just that I feel increasingly disconnected from the whole charade.

Every year, elite football feels more oriented around the spectacular: it is a show that I am invited to view from a distance but one in which I am less and less able to take part.

I want to feel like a fan again. I want to be part of a community. I want to feel like I belong.

In this episode, I tried to get to the heart of the question: does English football need a more active fan culture?


Stevie Green (@StevieGreenXI) is a writer, editor and podcaster, and a member of Clapton Community Football Club.

Mark Doidge (@markdoidge) is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Brighton focuses on the sociology of European football fan cultures. He is also a fan of Whitehawk FC.

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The music for this episode was provided under the Creative Commons license by Blue Dot Sessions.

Slate Tracker - Glacier Quartet - Araby

Willow Belle - Little Rock 

Easement - The Bulwark

JoDon - Orange Cat

Rapids - Grey River

Setting Pace - Duck Lake

Peacetime - TinyTiny Trio