This Sporting Life: The Realism of The Football Factory

  title={This Sporting Life: The Realism of The Football Factory},
  author={Steve Redhead},
  journal={Soccer \& Society},
  pages={108 - 90}
  • S. Redhead
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Art, Education
  • Soccer & Society
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