Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University Football Cluster was established in 2012 following the first annual Football and its Communities conference. The cluster has since been renamed as Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC).

The cluster was developed as part of the 2011-2012 Annual Research Programme for the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Research (IHSSR). The theme for the wider Research Programme was ‘Community’ and it comprised a series of twelve events around facilitating, sustaining and engaging with our local communities.

The Football and its Communities conference held on the 1st June 2012 brought together a broad and interdisciplinary research group within Manchester Met itself and from further afield with a wide range of research interests: focusing on the game itself, fans, football governance, sustainability and fan engagement. The interdisciplinary emphasis was similarly reflected in the audience with a mix of academics, practitioners and fans. An edited collection of the papers from the conference is available from Inter-Disciplinary Press.

The CSFC umbrella is home to an inter-disciplinary network of researchers from across faculties and academic disciplines. Currently there are researchers from Human Geography, Architecture, Sports Management, Business, History, Politics & Philosophy, Languages, Sociology and Information & Communications.

CSFC also brings together an inter-disciplinary network of researchers across the North of England with links to researchers in University of Derby, University of Liverpool & Durham University.

CSFC is also internationally recognized following the successful conference in Sydney in February 2013.

Key activities: Interdisciplinary Football Research, Conferences, One Day Short Courses, Consultancy.

 

Members of CSFC

Directors

Annabel Kiernan

Title: Director of the Centre for the Study of Football & Principal Lecturer, Faculty Learning & Teaching Fellow

Research/Interests:

Dr Annabel Kiernan’s research interests cover public sector reform and the role of football in local service delivery and community identity. Recent projects have included social evaluation projects for third sector organizations, the Supporters Direct response to the Localism legislation and a community consultation for the move of FC United of Manchester from Gigg Lane to Moston.

Key Publications:

  • Porter, C, May, A and Kiernan, A [Eds.] (2015), ‘Football, Communities and Sustainability’ Special Issue, Soccer & Society, 17 (1)
  • Kiernan, A. (2015) Exit, Voice and Loyalty: The dislocation of football fan communities. Soccer & Society. (Online First)
  • Kiernan, A. & C. Porter (2014) Little United and the Big Society. Negotiating the gaps between football, community and the politics of inclusion. Soccer & Society, 847-863.
  • Hynes, D., Kiernan, A. & Parry, K (2013) (eds) Football and Communities Across Codes. Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford.
  • Kiernan, A. (2012) Closing the Gap? An evaluation of community debt management services. Salford Unemployed Resource Centre, Salford.
  • Hynes, D. & A. Kiernan (2012) (eds) Football and Communities. Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford.
  • Duffy, K & A. Kiernan (2011) Report to TSEN. How Can the Voluntary and Community sector enhance ESF England’s role in combatting poverty and social exclusion?
  • Supporters’ Direct (2011) Policy Briefing for HM Department for Sport and Culture Big Society implications for community football clubs and supporters’ trusts.

Chris Porter

Title: Director of the Centre for the Study of Football & Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Research/Interests: Research interests include the links between football fandom and politics, consumption, popular culture, class-consciousness, neoliberal ideology and globalisation. Previous research and publications have explored the political economy of contemporary football and the potential for resistance and political engagement amongst football supporters in Manchester. Other research projects have focused on community volunteering, the participatory structure of fan-owned football clubs and the current political and economic climate of austerity and the Big Society agenda.

Key Publications:

  • Porter, C, May, A and Kiernan, A [Eds.] (2015), ‘Football, Communities and Sustainability’ Special Issue, Soccer & Society, 17 (1)
  • Porter, C and Kiernan, A (2014), ‘Little United and the Big Society: Negotiating the gaps between football, community and the politics of inclusion’, Soccer & Society, Routledge, pp.847-863
  • Porter, C (2012) Cultures of Resistance and Compliance: Football Fandom and Political Engagement in Manchester, unpublished PhD thesis, Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Porter, C (2008) Manchester United, Global Capitalism and Local Resistance, Belgeo, 2008(2), 181-192.
  • Mellor, G with Porter, C (2008) Respect Athlete Mentoring Programme (RAMP) Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2007/08 (Substance/Youth Sports Trust), London: DCMS
  • Brown, A with Massey, J and Porter, C (2004) The Sports Development Impact of the 2002 Commonwealth Games: Post Games Report, London: UK Sport.

Conference Papers

  • “Football Supporter Culture & Globalisation: An Uneasy Relationship”, Global Studies Association Conference (2012), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • “Little United and the Big Society: Football Clubs and Community Volunteering”, Football and Community conference (2012), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • “Let’s Pretend: English Football Clubs and their Imagined Communities” Manchester Institute of Social and Spatial Transformations (2009), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • “Red Army on the March: Football fan protests and political engagement” Alternative Futures and Popular Protest XIII (2008), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • “Consumers, Fanatics, Tourists, Militants And Rebels: In The Globalising World Of Football, What’s Happening To The Supporters?” International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) / International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) Joint World Congress (2007), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • “Opposing the Global in the Everyday City” Everyday Life in the Global City Conference, Manchester Institute of Social and Spatial Transformations (2007), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • “The Urban Battleground of the Local and the Global: Interdependencies and Contradictions” Sociology Seminar Series (2006), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • “Football Ownership, Local Identity and Regulation” International Conference on Sport and Urban Development (2005), Beurs-World Trade Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • “Manchester’s re-imaging strategies: a city united?” International Football Institute (IFI) Research Forum (2005), University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

Dr. Deirdre Hynes

Title: Director of the Centre for the Study of Football, Principal Lecturer for Internationalisation of the Humanities, Languages and Social Science faculty & Senior Lecturer in the department of Languages, Information & Communications.

Research/Interests:

Dr. Deirdre Hynes’s takes an interdisciplinary approach to football, football fans, gender and technology

Recent projects have included a study of fan engagement and disenfranchisement in 2010: Co-recipient of Institute for Humanities and Social Science Research Collaborative Fellowships funding with Kate Themen (Sociology) entitled: “Get out of our club, you lying b*stards, get out of our club”: A study of fans, football and ownership in England.

She is the Vice chair of the International Association of Media and Communications Research Working Group – Media and Sport

She is the Project Leader for Football and Communities Across Codes with Inter-Disciplinary.net

She was the conference organiser & project leader for the 1st Global conference on Football Across Codes & Communities in Sydney, Australia February 2013.

Key Publications:

  • Cook, A. & Hynes, D. (forthcoming) ‘From the Terraces to the Television Screen: Gender, Sexuality and the Challenges of Online Fan Communities’. In Fan Communities and Fandom. Edited by N. Lamerichs, A. Chauvel and J. Seymour (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press)
  • Hynes, D, Kiernan, A. & Parry, K (2013b) Football and Communities Across Codes Inter-disciplinary.net Press
  • Hynes, D. & Kiernan, A. (2013a) Football and its Communities 2012 Oxford Fisher Imprints
  • Hynes, D. & Cook, A. (2013b) ‘Online belongings – a study of female fans’ experiences in online football forums’. In Digital Media Sport: Technology and Power in the Network Society. Edited by B. Hutchins and D. Rowe (New York: Routledge)
  • Hynes, D (2012) “Jaysus! Is jannno a bird?” a study of femininity and football fans in online forums in Krøvel, R. & Roksvold, T. (2012) We Love To Hate Each Other Nordicom, Goteburg

Conference Papers

  • Hynes, D & Bernstein, A (2014) ‘Challenging Traditions: the social (media) construction of a gendered athlete’, 2014 IACS Summit on Sport and Communication.
  • Dunn, C. & Hynes, D. (2013) ‘Community, authenticity and sexism: the online and offline experience of female football fans’ presented to the Fan Studies Network conference November 2013, University of East Anglia, UK.
  • Cook, A. & Hynes, D. (2013) “From the Football Terraces to the Television Screen: Gender, Sexuality and the Challenges of Online Fan Communities”. Global Research Project on Fan Communities and Fandom Conference, Oxford, UK
  • Hynes, D. (2013) “Like if you are Casual: facebook and football fans” presented to Media and Sport Section, IAMCR Dublin 25-29 June 2013
  • Hynes, D. and Cook, A. (2012) From the Football Terraces to the Television Screen: Gender, Sexuality and the Challenges of Online Fan Communities 1st International conference on Connectivity in Salzburg 2012
  • Hynes, D & Themen, K (2011) “Get out of our club, you lying b*stards, get out of our club”: a study of fans, football and ownership in England presented to Media and Sport Section, IAMCR Istanbul 13-17 July 2011
  • Hynes, D (2011) Football, femininity and forums in 1st International conference on Femininity and Masculinity, 16 – 18 May Warsaw, Poland.
  • Hynes, D. (2010) Femininity and Football presented to Media and Sport section, IAMCR Braga, Portugal 18-22 July 2010
  • Hynes, D (2010) Football, femininity and forums: a study of Gender Identities in football forums presented to the Sixth International Technology and Society Conference Free University Berlin, Germany 15-17 January 2010.

Cluster Members

Anthony May

Title: Research Assistant, Centre for the Study of Football and its CommunitiesResearch/Interests: Research interests include the links between football and national, regional and civic identities, football and cultural production, football and community development and issues of sustainability within football. Publications:

Selected Conference Papers:

  • ‘The Methods Used and Issues Faced by the Sport for Yes Campaign’, Political Studies Association “Sport, Politics and Policy” Conference, Durham University, 7th January 2015
  • ‘Football and identity construction in the novels of Irvine Welsh’, Literature and Physical Culture, International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, 11th April 2014
  • ‘Flegs, Fans, and “Footie”: Cultural exclusion and football in Northern Ireland during 2012/13’, Political Studies Association “Sport, Politics, and Policy” Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 21st February 2014
  • “‘Thursday Night, Channel Five’ – The meanings attributed to the UEFA Europa League by football fans and the media in England”, Football Research in an Enlarged Europe Conference on “Memory”, Universität Stuttgart, Germany, 22nd February 2013
  • ‘The “Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act”: Sectarianism, Sport, and Policy in pre-referendum Scotland’, Political Studies Association “Sport, Politics, and Policy” Conference, University of Bath, Bath Spa, 2nd February 2013
  • ‘How FIFA Rulings on Citizenship have affected the political and cultural relationship between Eire and Northern Ireland’, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism Conference 2012, London School of Economics, 27th March 2012
  • “‘It’s like playing in a foreign country’: the challenge to Scottish nationalism presented by the matchday rituals of Glasgow Rangers and Celtic supporters”, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism Conference 2011, London School of Economics, 6th April 2011

Barbara Bell

Title: Senior Lecturer, Sport Development

Research/Interests:

Sport Development of football – women’s football, youth and community aspects of football programmes

Key Publications:

Bell, B (2012) Levelling the playing field? Post Euro 2005 development of women’s football in the Northwest of England. Sport, Culture and Society: Special issue Sport & Gender, 15 (3) 349-368
Bell, B., Blakey, P. (2010) Do boys and girls go out to play? Women’s football and social marketing. A case study of the European Women’s football Championships. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Management, 7, 3-4, 156-172 (17)
Bell B (2006) ‘Football’s Coming Home: and its not for boys’: the impact of the Euro 2005 Women’s football championships in the North West of England. In Robertson, M. (Ed) Sporting Events and Event Tourism: impacts, plans and opportunities. LSA Publication 91, Volume 1. Brighton: LSA Publications. p. 95-120

Gary James

Title: Associate Lecturer, Exercise & Sports Science

Research/Interests:

Currently focusing on the birth of association football in the Manchester region, considering the teams, players, personalities that helped shape the growth of the game in that city. Wider interest in both Manchester, football and general history. Gary has published extensively within the commercial media with several acclaimed works, including The Pride Of Manchester, Manchester A Football History, Manchester The City Years, Farewell To Maine Road, and Joe Mercer: Football With A Smile. He has also written for sporting publications, including the match programmes of both Manchester football clubs and When Saturday Comes, and has written for the Times, the Manchester Evening News and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Key Publications:

  • Manchester The City Years, August 2012
  • The Big Book of United, October 2011
  • Manchester A Football History, December 2010
  • Joe Mercer, OBE: Football With a Smile, April 2010
  • The Big Book of City, October 2009
  • Manchester A Football History, April 2008
  • Manchester City 125 Years of Football, Summer 2006
  • Manchester City The Complete Record, Summer 2006
  • Manchester City Hall of Fame, October 2005
  • Farewell to Maine Road, October 2003
  • Manchester: The Greatest City, October 2003
  • Manchester: The Greatest City, October 2002
  • Football With a Smile, December 1993
  • The Pride of Manchester, July 1991

Dan Parnell

Role: Senior Lecturer in Sport. Business Management and Marketing, Manchester Metropolitan University

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

About: Dan Parnell works within the fields of Football Studies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Change Management and Health Improvement.

Website: LinkedIn ProfileThe Community Football Hub

Twitter: @parnell_daniel@ComFootballHub

Jeff McCarthy

Title: Senior Lecturer, Digital & Sport Marketing

Research/Interests:

Football, sport, sport marketing, social media, social network sites; online communities; e-marketing; tribal marketing; relationship marketing

Key Publications:

Kate Themen

Title: Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Research/Interests:

  • Gender and football
  • Sociology football
  • Ethnography
  • Narratives in social research

Key Publications:

Conference Papers:

  • Themen, K. (2014) Female Football Players in England: Research Design in the Development of a Narrative for Women’s Football, accepted for presentation at British Sociological Association Annual Conference: Changing Society, University of Leeds, UK.
  • Themen, K. (2014) Discourses of ‘Englishness’: Examining Female Football Players’ Narratives of Complicity and Transformation, presented to Political Studies 8th Annual Conference: Sport and the Politics of Exclusion, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, February 2014.

Richard Fenoglio

Title: Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science

Research/Interests:

Sports training, youth sports development, critical coaching, small-sided games, skill acquisition, professional and grassroots football.

Key Publications:

  • Fenoglio, R and Taylor, B (2014) From winning-at-all-costs to Give Us Back Our Game: Perspective Transformation in Youth Sport Coaches. Journal of Coaching and Sport Pedagogy. pp.191-204
  • Fenoglio, R (2012) The Human Rights of Sporting Children: An Auto-Ethnography of an Emerging Youth Sport Philosophy and Approach. Paper submitted to Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Journal.
  • Fenoglio, R (2011) From WAAC to GUBOG: Perspective Transformation in Youth Sport Coaches. Conference communication. Sports Coaching: Past and Futures Conference.
  • Fenoglio, R (2009) What is Give Us Back Our Game? Lead article in the inaugural Give Us Back Our Game coaching journal. Edition 1. Spring. Sportfacilities, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Fenoglio, R (2008) The Auto-ethnography of a Youth Football Ethics and Development Campaign. Oral communication at the Researching Youth Football Conference. Loughborough University. September 2008.
  • Fenoglio, R (2008) Structure and Environment: The Give Us Back Our Game Approach to Youth Football Development. Oral communication at the FC Business Youth Development Conference. Walsall FC 15 July 2008.
  • Fenoglio, R and Cooper, P (2008) The Give Us Back Our Game campaign. Oral communication at the Health, Well-being and Happiness Conference, University of Teeside, Middlesbrough. June 2008.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2008) A Neuro-physiological Basis for Developing Future Gifted Football Players. Article in Total Youth Football coaching magazine. February 2008.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2007), The Manchester United Football Academy Syllabus. First Edition. Lead writer and project director for the production of a 300 page in-house coaching manual for Manchester United Football Club. Manchester Metropolitan University Press.
  • Fenoglio, R (2006) The Manchester United 4 v 4 Pilot Scheme. Oral communication to southern Academy and Centre of Excellence professional coaches at Southampton Football Club on behalf of The Football League, July 2006.
  • Fenoglio, R (2006) The Manchester United 4 v 4 Pilot Scheme. Oral communication to midlands Academy and Centre of Excellence professional coaches at Birmingham City Football Club on behalf of The Football League, June 2006.
  • Fenoglio, R (2006) The Manchester United 4 v 4 Pilot Scheme. Oral communication to northern Academy and Centre of Excellence professional coaches at Barnsley Football Club on behalf of The Football League, June 2006.
  • Fenoglio, R. and Jones, B. (2006) Constraints Theory and Football Development. A presentation for youth football coaches at Burnley Football Club, May 2006.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2005), A 4 v 4 Pilot Scheme for U9 Academy Football Players. Oral Presentation given at the 1st International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England.
  • McGuire, B. and Fenoglio, R. (2004), “Football in the Community: Resources and Opportunities, A National Research Project for the Footballer’s Education Society.” Funded by The Footballer’s Education Society. Research Report submitted to the Footballer’s Education Society, The Football Association, The FA Premier League, The Football League and the Professional Footballer’s Association. Manchester Metropolitan University Press.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2004), “The Manchester United Pilot Scheme for U9s – Part I. Article in Insight:” In: The FA Coach’s Association Journal, Spring, 2004, pp. 13-14.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2004), “The Manchester United Pilot Scheme for U9s – Part II”. In: Insight – The FA Coach’s Association Journal, Autumn pp. 30-31.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2003), “A 4 v 4 Pilot Scheme for U9 Academy Football Players. 250 page research report submitted to The Football Association, The FA Premier League, The Football League and Manchester United Football Club.”, In-house publication.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2002), “Physical Conditioning for Football: A Guide for Professional Coaches. 160 page scientific review and coaching education manual submitted to the Football Association of Wales for inclusion in their Professional Coaching License course material. UEFA approved.” In-house publication.
  • Fenoglio, R. (2001) Physical Conditioning for Football. Series of presentations as course tutor on the FAW UEFA Pro License.

Dr. Sara Ward

Title: Senior Lecturer in Sport Management

Research/Interests:

Sara joined the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 and currently teaches on the BA (Hons) Sports Management and the BA (Hons) Sport Marketing Management degree at undergraduate level.  Her research interests are focused on English and German football clubs corporate governance strategies and alternative Non-profit ownership structures predominantly looking at the Supporter Ownership business model.  She has so far visited Hamburg SV, Exeter City FC, Brentford FC, Chester FC, Stockport County FC and FC United of Manchester.  She is passionate about football on and off the pitch and has been an avid Everton fan for 30 years.

Key Publications:

  • Ward, S, Scanlon, T, and Hines, T. (2012), Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Mutual Ownership Form and Professional Sports: Football, 20 (10), pp.1.18
  • A Critical Analysis of Ownership, Control & Corporate Governance Structures within Mutually Owned Football Clubs (PhD Thesis)
  • Mutuality and Professional Football (Masters)
  • Commercialisation of Football in English Premier League (BA (Hons Business Administration)

Associate Members

  • Adrian Stores
  • Adriano Gómez-Bantel
  • Andrew Hodges
  • Carrie Dunn
  • Dan Parnell
  • Daniel Binns
  • Daniel Byrne
  • Daniel Potter
  • Danny Nuttall
  • David Rowe
  • Eelco Koot
  • Fabian Hertel
  • Francesco Ricatti
  • Ian Lawrence
  • Jamie Cleland
  • John McKendrick
  • Jon Hannan
  • Jorge Dorfman Knijnik
  • Martin King
  • Matthew Pink
  • Nin Siriwat
  • Paul Widdop
  • Peter Kennedy
  • Peter Millward
  • Richard Wyatt
  • Roy Krøvel
  • Sean Huddleston
  • Steve Menary
  • Stijn Verhagen
  • Stuart Waiton
  • Tim Walters

Affiliated Students

Jake Shepherd

Currently Studying Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan

Location: Manchester, England

About: I am a devoted Newcastle United supporter who opposes Mike Ashley and his business-first approach to the running of the club. Ashley’s regime has provided me with an interest in the globalisation of football and fan identity. I also take enjoyment in collecting football shirts.


Michel Renssen

Currently Studying Sports Marketing and Management, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Location: Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

About: I love football and English football in particular. I want to visit every season one or more matches in England. I am a fan of FC Utrecht and I have a seasonticket of my favourite club.

I have an aquarium and I like fishing.

Website: www.linkedin.com/pub/michel-renssen/a5/3b1/95a

Twitter: @michel_renssen


Ray Olaniyan

Currently Studying Public Services, Manchester Metropolitan

Location: Manchester, England

About: My main interests are Arsenal, movies, and glamping.

Website: https://mmu.academia.edu/RayBurnz

The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities