Fandom in football: a first-hand account of overlooked supporters

Hunt, Darren (2016) Fandom in football: a first-hand account of overlooked supporters. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Football has the power to engage anyone for 90 minutes. Fans can get encapsulated in the emotions of the game. The four feature articles in this special investigation study fandom and look closely at different types of football fans.
    Disabled fans explain the battles they face supporting the team they love. Ken Chappell talks about his experiences at football stadiums with his son, Chris, who suffers from hydrocephalus. Football teams also describe how they are improving their facilities for disabled fans. Unappreciated referees and officials reveal the truth of being a football supporter in the face of abuse on the pitch. Social media football fans expose how Twitter has developed a new profitable area to the game. In the final feature, Millwall FC illustrate the work they do for reforming young fans who are abusive, alongside fans who describe the mistakes they have made in the past.
    The essay is titled: An investigation into the role of the modern day sports journalist: is their position sustainable in the world of social media? The essay investigates the changing role of sports journalists as a result of social media. Exploring academic theories and debates on the issue, and interviews with working journalists, the essay concludes that the sports journalists’ role is sustainable in the digital age.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 12:46
    Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 12:46
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21632

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