Memories FC Public seminar

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Memories FC Public seminar

  1. 1. Football & its fans: Memories, Matches & Meanings Dr David McGillivray
  2. 2. Historical perspective• Football fandom provided (men) with affiliations to place, people and industry• The game of the working man inseparable from the rhythms of everyday life: – Work – Family – Friendship – Play• Football fundamentally a collective social experience• Continuity a key feature of the passing of time/rite of passage from one generation to the next
  3. 3. Meanings, Matches and Memories• Football was (and is) the stuff of informal public debate - it gave meaning and structure to people’s lives• Historical matches, giant-killing feats and important victories were celebrated widely at the time and remembered long afterwards• Individual and collective memories structured around football• Physical attendance at a football match always a collective experience with powerful roots in the sensory dimensions of the stadium: the sounds of the crowd, the smells of the half-time food and drink, even architectural oddities of the ground
  4. 4. The times they are a changin’• Since the 1980s, football has been transformed – All seater stadia – Out-of-town stadium developments – Irregular scheduling – Media saturation – ‘Shareholders’ rather than supporters – Widening gap between players and fans• Football increasingly an individualised, consumer- led experience
  5. 5. Football Reminiscence• Changes reinforce the importance of maintaining collective memories through heritage artifacts: – Photography – Film & documentary (e.g. the Football Years) – Memorabilia (badges, programmes, newspapers, scarves etc)• Recreating the environment of the past as a means of establishing continuity in the present

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