‘Protect Me From What I Want’: Football Fandom, Celebrity Cultures and ‘New’ Football in England

  title={‘Protect Me From What I Want’: Football Fandom, Celebrity Cultures and ‘New’ Football in England},
  author={John Williams},
  journal={Soccer \& Society},
  pages={114 - 96}
This essay reconsiders aspects of the cultural and commercial ‘reinvention’ of English football since the late 1980s. It examines cultural readings of the sport, changes in fandom and in the regulation of fans, both internationally and in domestic contexts, and also the rise of ‘new’ football in the guise, since 1992, of the television‐funded FA Premier League. It also looks at ways in which late‐modern football and ‘celebrity’ culture have become inextricably entwined in England in recent… 

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