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    • Football & its fans: Memories, Matches & Meanings Dr David McGillivray
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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