Football is simply a pastime, a sport. Yet, to many who follow a football team it is a passion that is central not only to their life, but also defines them.
The tribal loyalty it invokes has in the past given witness to scenes of horrific hooligan violence, but now has developed into something else – a hybrid of those old days of masculine working class defiance, and the open ways of thinking that have come since.
In 70s and 80s, to follow football was a gritty affair. Continue reading