Away from the numbers

The Football Collective began with a group of regionally local people meeting up to discuss research and socialise. In 2020 and moving forward, we want to bring a little more of that back. Therefore, we are doing some networking and social events to make “get togethers” more common and in doing so ensuring these small group meetings are accessible financially and geographically. Of course, this is the first year and there will be a lot to learn (as there always is!), but we hope you can join us on this journey at some point during the year.

Much of the intended plans and social activities have had to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19. We are open to ideas to host research discussions as part of The FBC Sessions on our Zoom account. If you have any ideas, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For people interested in getting involved, please keep an eye on this page for updates as we will post the details on how to sign-up throughout the year.

April

Wednesday 22nd – We have seen the power of #breakfastwithnige on Twitter with Nigel Adkins, however on Wednesday 22nd April it was ‘Breakfast with… Alex Culvin, Paddy Hoey and Kieran Maguire – who will be joined by Dan Parnell for a conversation on some of the current issues in football. You can watch the full and first of the FBC sessions here:

Thursday 30th – The second of our FBC sessions involved Eleanor Drywoor, Francesca Champ and Beth Clarkson – who was joined by Alex Culvin for a conversation on the current issues in football and society. The full recording is below:

Also read the related commentary: Covid-19: Reflections on threat and uncertainty for the future of elite women’s football in England.

May

Wednesday 6th – Our third FBC session was on the topic: ‘Discussing Football Fan Engagement Projects: Action, Participation and Club Ownership debates’ with Ronan Evain; Richard Irving; Nicola Cave who will be welcomed and joined by Peter Millward who oversaw the conversation. Here is the recording:

Sunday 10th 3pm – 50 Years since Corinthian Nomads versus Dundalk Ladies (England v Ireland)

In this event we celebrated 50 years since the Corinthian-Nomads Ladies Football Club from Manchester played Dundalk Ladies from County Louth in the Republic of Ireland met in Prestatyn, North Wales. This was a defacto international and the poster advertised the match as England versus Ireland. The match was played on 10 May 1970 at Prestatyn Raceway and is a significant match in the history of women’s football in Britain, Ireland and Europe. Follow some of the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #CORDUN1970 The panel included Helena Byrne, John Carrier, Jean Williams, and special guest Paula Gorham (Dundalk Ladies). The session will be chaired by Dan Parnell. You can view the full recording below:

Tuesday 12th – ‘Football in Lockdown: Power in Unity’ Conference – catch up on the conference here.

Wednesday 13th May – As part of our FBC series we interviewed Tom Webb on his research Sports match official research: an evolving narrative, positioning future research. The discussing is here and here is a link to the research and slides – read more here.

Saturday 16th Football [Collective] Focus on Saturday morning Jan Andre Lee Ludvigsen was in conversation with Dan Parnell. Jan will be shared some of his insight from his PhD research including mega-event security, Euro 2020, COVID-19 and how COVID-19 will impact security in the future.

Monday 18th – As part of our FBC Sessions we are running a number of grassroots football specials #GrassrootsFootball Each session will discuss a range of topics and research related to grassroots football. Joining this session was Dave Webber, Sean Hammil, Jim Keoghan, Les Crang and the chair was Josh Dean:

Thursday 21st – As part of our FBC Sessions we welcomed Maggie Murphy (General Manager at Lewes FC @MaggieMrphy) and also runs @EPFinitiative. Maggie is a very inspiring person and is a leader is a very unique football club, in that Lewes FC the first club in the world to pay its male and female players equally. Maggie was joined by Alex Culvin and Dan Parnell for a discussion on her career and the topical challenges facing football right now. Check out the full recording here:

Thursday 21st – As part of our FBC Sessions we are running a number of grassroots football specials #GrassrootsFootball Each session will discuss a range of topics and research related to grassroots football. Joining this session was Anthony May, Ryan Thomas, Andy Carmichael. The session was chaired by Dan Parnell. Watch the full recording here:

Wednesday 27th – Fan-owned clubs: national and international perspectives (chaired by Peter Millward) In this session, Football Collective members from several different countries will talk about their involvement with fan-owned clubs and their perspectives on fan-owned football as a whole. The speakers are, Fabian Fritz, who coordinates educational work at the museum of the iconic German fan-owned team FC St. Pauli. Luke Cox, who is a director of English fan-owned team Worcester City FC. He is also communications officer of SD Europe. Jonathan Ervine, who is on the board of Welsh fan-owned team CPD Bangor 1876 FC and a lecturer at Bangor University. Kick off is 10am (BST).

Wednesday 27th – Celebrating the anniversary of the first Final of the European Championship for Women 27 May 1984: England women’s national teams highest placing at a major tournament. Chaired by Alex Culvin, this session discusses England’s close defeat by Sweden in the Final of the inaugural Women’s Euros in 1984 with two England captains, Carol Thomas and Gill Coultard, and Jean Williams who is currently working on a history of the England women’s team 1972 to present – join us 11am (BST). Read more here.

Wednesday 27th – Next up, and adding a fresh installment to our FBC Sessions we have Daphne Goldschmidt (chair of Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem), Football Supporters Europe’s Greta Rinast and Nicole Winkelhake talking about their Fan.Tastic Females collaboration which details women and girl’s experiences of European football fan culture.  Jess Richards is chairing this must listen event.  ‘Kick off’ is at 1pm (BST).

Wednesday 27th DOUBLE HEADER As part of our FBC Sessions we are running a number of grassroots football specials #GrassrootsFootball Each session will discuss a range of topics and research related to grassroots football. Details to join will be sent to members by email. Joining these sessions:
First-Half – kick off 2pm (BST) – Jimmy O’Gorman, Will Rowlands (Wirral Schools FA), Tom Webb, Chad Roberts and chaired by Dan Parnell.

Second-Half – kick off 3pm (BST) – Maggie Ntim, Simon Rofe, Paul Whitty, James Reade and chaired by Danny Fitzpatrick

June

Monday 1st – As part of our FBC Sessions we are running a number of grassroots football specials #GrassrootsFootball Each session will discuss a range of topics and research related to grassroots football. Joining this session for a 2pm (BST) kick off: Zachary T. Smith, Matthew Hindmarsh, Rob Kielty, Craig Corrigan and chaired by Josh Dean. Details to join will be sent to members by email.

Wednesday 3rd – As part of our FBC Sessions we are running a number of grassroots football specials #GrassrootsFootball Each session will discuss a range of topics and research related to grassroots football. Joining this session for a 2pm (BST) kick off: David Kilpatrick, Dave Webber, Danny Fitzpatrick and chaired by Simon Rofe. Details to join will be sent to members by email.

December

*There is hope that this can still happen! Monday 14th December 2020 – Liverpool. Time: 4:30pm. Details: Dan Parnell, social. Meet at 16:30 in the Philharmonic Dining Rooms (36 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX) followed by a meal at 19:00 in Remora (4 S Hunter St, Liverpool L1 9JG).

Contact for social events will be provided as necessary on this page. If you have a general enquiry or if you are interested in hosting an event please contact Dan Parnell d.parnell@liverpool.ac.uk 07538500348

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