Terrace Banter: Researching football hooligan memoirs

Stephen Redhead

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    This essay draws on an original research project into football hooligan memoirs to present an oral history of the phenomenon. An archive of football hooligan memoirs over a 25-year period was created, and interviews with publishers and authors were conducted. Detailed interviews are presented in the essay to create a raw, unedited picture of the research into how and why authors wrote their memoirs. The research also shows how an underground subculture of football hooligan writing became a mainstream phenomenon for a time. In the sense that the football hooligan memoirs themselves represent a kind of oral history, this essay is a fragment of an oral history of an oral history. It is argued in conclusion that future research needs to use the hooligan memoir archive to conduct detailed historical and ethnographic research in order to map the field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-328
    Number of pages16
    JournalSport in Society
    Issue number3
    Early online date2014
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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