The Collective

What is The Football Collective?

The Football Collective is dedicated network of people who wish to bring critical debate to football – for those interested and involved in building football for the future. Through sharp analysis and research informed original reporting, we aim to provide a platform for thought provoking critical debate in football.

Who are The Football Collective?

Following the economic downturn we observed substantial changes in the higher education sector, which included growing demands on academics, from PhD students through to Professors. In a very humble response, a number of scholars convened in the summer of 2015 to support one another.

The primary intention of the first meeting, which combined a research methods seminar with a social event, was to support one another through collegiate and critical research debate. Whilst disciplines and ideologies differed, our shared values and a desire to support each other, complimented by friendships, created an idea, The Football Collective, an idea that came to fruition in February 2016.

Founding members: Dr Daniel Parnell (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Paul Widdop (Leeds Beckett University), Dr Peter Millward and Dr John Hayton (Liverpool John Moores University), Professor John Hughson and Dr Joel Rookwood (University of Central Lancashire), Dr Danny Fitzpatrick (Aston University), Dr Mark Doidge (University of Brighton) and Dr Jamie Cleland (University of South Australia)

To date the collective has hosted two major conferences: Future Football: a design for life (Manchester, 2016 ) and Football, Politics and Popular Culture (Limerick, 2017 ) and has grown from the original nine founders to a network in excess of 200 members spanning every continent.

Our manifesto is simple:

We are a network bringing critical debate to our game

To achieve this The Football Collective has two main aims:

Aim 1: Deliver high quality events that provide a platform for critical and collegiate support, the dissemination and discussion of research findings, the development of research ideas and the enhancement of collaboration across the collective. See our conference tab for details of past and future events. Our YouTube channel can be found here.

Aim 2: To show case best practice and help share academic peer reviewed research in an accessible and understandable format for all. This includes:

  • Share evidenced based commentary on football issues
  • Disseminate peer reviewed research on football
  • Open debate around key issues in related to football

All research published on The Football Collectives is Edited by the Collective Board. The Collective Board ensures that research contributions are current, relevant, appropriate and ethical, whilst also providing an informal peer review support for contributors.

The Collective Board also plays an influencing role in supporting events for all members based on highlighted interests and needs. To become a member you need to have be an active researcher interested in football.



To join The Football Collective as a member please follow this link and complete the registration.


The Football Collective Editorial Board


  • Dr Paul Widdop  e:  t: @Fire_and_Skill
  • Dr Dan Parnell  e:  t: @parnell_daniel


Art and Museums

  • Professor John Hughson  e:

Business Management

  • Dr Dan Parnell  e:  t: @parnell_daniel

Consumer Culture

  • Dr Kevin Dixon   e:    t: @KevinDixon20

Equality and Diversity

  • Dr Jamie Cleland e:    t:  @drjamiecleland 

Development and Society

  • Dr John Hayton  e:    t:   @:jwhayton1


  • Dr Joel Rookwood  e:  t:  @Joelrookwood

Disability and Football

  • Dr Paul Kitchin    e:


  • Dr Stacey Pope  e:  t: @StaceyPope2

Journalism and Media

  • Dr Jonathan Cable   e:    t:   @cable_j

Modern Languages

  • Dr Jonathan Ervine    e:    e: @j_ervine


  • Dr Paul Widdop  e:  t: @Fire_and_Skill


  • Professor Barry Drust  e:   t:   @BARRYD22

Policy and Politics

  • Dr Anthony May  e:  t:  @DrAnthonyMay

Political Economy

  • Dr David Webber  e:  t:  @DrDaveWebber


  • Jeff McCarthy    e:    t: @runeatrepeatuk


  • Dr Peter Millward  e:  t: @PeteMillward79
  • Professor Simon Chadwick  e:  t: @Prof_Chadwick
  • Dr Mark Doidge  e:  t: @markdoidge

Eastern Europe

  • Dario Brentin   e:   t:  @DarioBrentin

The Football Collective Board Members

Dr Richard Bailey  e:  t: @DrDickB

Dr Kathryn Curran  e:  t:  @Kathryn_Curran

Jonathan Sibley  e:  t:  @Jon_SibleyPhD

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick  e:

Dr Neil King  e:

Dr Alex Bond  e:

Dr Ed Cope  e:    t: @EdCope1

Professor Steve Miles  e:

Professor Jean Willams  e:  t:  @JeanMWilliams 

Dr Emma Poulton  e:  t: @DrPoults

Dr Jimmy O’Gorman   e:   t: @DrJimmyOGorman

Elena Balcaite  e:  t:  @ElenaBalcaite

Dr Martin J Power  e:

Dr James Carr   e:

Dr Daniel Lock  e:  t: @Daniel__Lock

Dr Geoff Pearson  e:   t:  @Geoff_Pearson

Dr Peter K Kennedy  e:

Professor Grant Jarvie (Academy of Sport, Edinburgh University)  e:

Dr Mathias Schubert  e:

Dr David Cutts  e:

Dr Chris Porter  e:

Julian North  e:

Professor Garry Crawford   e:    t:  @CultSociologist

Andrew Stevens   e:   t:  @nachtcities

Dr Christos Anagnostopoulos   e:     t: @chrisanago

Dr Gary James   e:   t:  @GaryJamesWriter

Jonathan Sly    e:

Dr Borja Garcia    e:    t:  @DrBorjaGarcia

Dr Rod Ling    e:

Professor Mark James    e:   t:  @prof_mark_james

Dr Bastian Popp   e:

Dr Alan Pringle   e:

Richard Wyatt   e:   t:  @richardnwyatt .

Dr Benoît Senaux   e:   t: @Benoit_Senaux

Dr Thomas Könecke   e:

Dr Alan Southern    e:   t:  @alansouth

Dr Pedro Pablo Cardoso Castro    e:

Dr Alexander Cardenas    e:

Jens Sejer Andersen   e:   t:   @JensSejerA    @playthegame_org

Susan Jones   e:

Professor Nick Crossley   e:

Matthew Parry     e:   t:  @ParryMJ

Alex Fenton     e:   t:  @alexfenton

Gavin Maclean   e:    t:   @MacleanGavin

Colin Lewis    e:     t:   @ColinLewis1989

Professor Peter Krustrup   e:

Jonny Rae   e:

Francesca Champ   e:   t:    @fchamp1

Steve Menary    e:

Mark Turner    e:    t:  @PhDSafeStanding

Sean Huddleston     e:    t:   @seanhuddleston2

Tobias Zuser    e:     t:   @duwenzhe

Henrik Brandt    e:

Andrew Jennings   e:    t:    @AAndrewJennings

Dr Carrie Dunn    e:     t:     @carriesparkle

Craig Corrigan     e:    t: @CraigCorrigan81

Les Crang      e:      t:  @morethanagame66

Alexandra Culvin    e:      t:  @alexculvin

Charles Leyman Kachitsa   e:    t:  @kachitsa1

David Scott     e:    t:    @dscottresearch

Professor Martin Everett   e:

Professor Adam Leaver    t: @AdamLeaver1

David Roberts   e:   t:  @DavidCRoberts

Professor Alan Tomlinson   w:  t: @AlanTomlinson1

Becky Easton    e:   t:   @beckyeaston16

Dr Christoph Wagner   e:   t: @wagnerc23

Stephen Morrow    e:

Dr Jamie Kenyon    e:   t: @jayllid

Max Mauro   e:  t: @maxmauro10

Elisavet Argyro Manoli   e:

Dr Giambattista Rossi   e:

Darragh McGee   e:    t: @DarraghMcGee4

Eddie Rees    e:   t: @eddierees17

Dr Andrew Hodges  e:

Dr Susan O’Shea   e:   t: @SOSheaSNA

Leon Davis   e:  t:   @leon2209

Joel Roberts  e:   t:    @JoelRobs

James De Mountfort   e:   t:   @DeMountfort

Jacqueline McAssey    e:    t: @jacquimcassey

Alice Kelk   e: a.kelk@ucfb.come   t: @alicexkelk

David Horrocks   e:    t:  @HorrocksDavid

Clarke Carlisle     e:    t:  @CCforDD

Alan Tonge    e:  t:  @Alan_Tonge

Tom Buck    e:      t: @tombuck90

Laura Bradshaw    e:    t:   @nasaphd

Sophie Peng    e:    t:   @SophiePenglboro

George Just    e:   t:   @gjust67

Dr. Frances Harkin    e:    t: @Frank11Guinness

Julie Roche    e:    t:  @julz5990

Dr Christopher Bunn    e:   t:   @Chris_Bunn

Dr John Beech         e:        t: @JohnBeech

Dr Ryan Groom    e:     t:   @r_groom

Rob Carlisle    e:    t:   @RobCarlisle86

Luke Gibson    e:   t:   @LukeGibson87

Rebecca Sawiuk    e:     t:  @sav_rk89 

Kyle Ferguson    e:   t:   @fergieskykyle

Søren Bennike   e:    t:  @SBennike  

Alan Byrne    e:

Nicole Allison    e:     t:   @NicoleAllison2

Ian MacNeill     e:     t:   @IanAlexanderMac

Professor Richard Parish    e:    

Dr Dave McArdle    e:   t:   @davemcardle

Professor Steve Redhead    t:   @steveredhead

Matthew Reeves    e:     t: @MRSportEdu

Professor Matthew Taylor     e:    t:   @matthew_mtaylor

Ashley Jane Lowerson     e:     t:   @AshleyJLowerson

Dr Nick Burton     e:    t:    @NF_Burton

Dr Gareth Addidle     e: 

Dr Eleanor Drywood   e:    t:   @ewdrywood

Dr Kevin Enright     e:

Kevin Rye    e:

Dr Malte Nejst Larsen    e:

Seungmin Kang     e: 

Associate Professor  Ian Jones    e:    t:  @ian__jones__

Associate Professor Brent Smith    e:

Professor Kihan Kim    e:

Dr Christopher Huth     e:     t: @spooek

Dr Alex Krumer     e:

Assistant Professor Michael Goldman   e:   t:    @michaelmgoldman

Dr Doug Blais     e:      t:   @blais17

Associate Professor Larry McCarthy    e:    t: @mccartla

Assistant Professor Clint Warren   e:   t:  @Clint_Warren

Assistant Professor David P. Hedlund    e:    t: @davidphedlund

Gareth Smith    e:

Associate Professor Seungbum Lee     e: 

Sean Ndebele    e:    t:   @seanndebele 

Hannes Lepschy   e:

Dr Damian Gallagher   e:    t:   @dm_gallagher

Assistant Professor Thilo Kunkel    e:    t: @thilokunkel

Dr Karl A. Russell       e:

Daniel Green     e:    t:     @DanielJ_Green 

Dr Haydn Aarons    e:           t:   @carringbush10 

Emanuel Leite Jr.    e:      t:    @EmanuelLeiteJr

Pauli Loukola            e:     t:   @PauliLoukola

Duncan Drasdo      e:      t:    @drasdo

Assistant Professor Radosław Kossakowski     e:

Dr. Stephen R. Millar        e:        t: @StephenRMillar 

Neil Graney         e:       t: @Neilg08050      

Stacie Gray     e:       t: @stacie_gray1

Stuart Whigham     e:      t: @StuartWhigham

Lee Darnbrough      e:    t:   @LeeDarnbrough 

Will Roberts    e:      t:   @w_roberts6

Grace Morrison     e:     t: @gracie_baby_85

Sophie Cowell     e:     t:    @SophieCowell24

Marcelo Pedro Castro-Martinez    e:     t: @marcelombsdba

Jim O´Brien       e:    t:    @Jimmyboss1234

Associate Professor David Kilpatrick e:   t:  @DrDKilpatrick

Ian Plenderleith   e:    t:   @PlenderleithIan

Janine Partington  e:    t:    @janinep79

Dr Daniel Haxall    e:

Steve Bullough   e:     t:   @SteveBullough

Professor Hallgeir Gammelsaeter    e:

Tom Leeder        e:      t: @tomleeder

Professor Kjetil K. Haugen    e:    t: @haugenk

Birnir Egilsson   e:    t: @BirnirE

Kjell Eriksson (The Editor)  e:    t: @idrottsforum

Dr Chanzo Greenidge       e:       t:  @CodedArts

Dr Catherine Budd     e:     t: @catbudd

Roy Thomson      e:    t: @camimp83

Dr Richard Elliott    e:     t:    @ssubafootball

Professor Paul Whitty     e:    t: @paul_whitty

Peter Watson    e:    t:   @pedroelprofesor

Chris  Scudder    e:   t:   @cjscudder

Mike McInnes     e:

Dr Lee McGowan     e:      t:  @shugmcgowan

Alan Fisher      e:       t: @spursblogger

Henry Cooke     e: t: @LWIMTH

Professor Jaime Orejan     e: 

Gijs van Campenhout   e:    t: @GeoCoreNL  

Connell Vaughan   e:

Laura Finnegan    e:   t:    @finnegan_laura   

Ege Sezen         e:

Solvejg Wolfers    e:      t: @solvejgwolfers

Allison Thompson    e:     t:  @slothyslooothy

Daniel Clayton       e:     t:   @dan_p_clayton 

Simon Austin      e:   t:   @sport_simon / @ground_guru

Professor John Nauright    e:   t:   @SportandCulture

Jelena Đureinović    e:

Mariana Vantine de Lara Villela       e:

Anthony Clavane   e:  t:   @LUFCPromised

Dr Aoife Quinn   e:     t:  @DrAoifeQuinn

Paul Huiszoon   e:   t:  @PaulHuiszoon

David Badejo   e:   t:   @David_Badejo

Theodora Maniou   e:  t: @thora_maniou

Professor Jonathan Sullivan   e:   t:  @jonlsullivan

Christie Scanlon    e:      t: @christiescanlon

David Cockayne     e:   t: cockaynedc

Professor Jason Lanter    e:

David Weir   e:    t:  @davidgweir

Dr Martha Newson    e:   t:  @martha_newson

Dr Sam Elliott   e:   t:  @Sam_ElliottFU

Dr Manase Kudzai Chiweshe   e:   t:  @manasekudzai

Doga Can Atalay    e:   t:   @doaatlay

Gary Daly      e:

Professor Ian Towers    e:   t: @berlinian

Mike Hope      e:    

Emin Dedeoglu   e:

Victoria Rodgers    e:

Adam Langer    e:    t: @adamlflanger

Amée Gill     e:      t:  @AmeeGill

Dr Stuart Waiton    e:

Jordan Zalis     e:       t:  @MusicSuplex

Dr David Blakelock   e:   t:   @drdjb_

Professor Chris Brady     e:

Dr Steve Sharman   e:   t: @stevesharman81

Roger Domeneghetti    e:  t: @RogerDom1

Zora Saskova   e:    t:  @ZoraSaskova

Marcio Telles    e:    t: @tellesjornal

Daghan Irak    e:    @daghanirak 

Michael Casey   e:  t:  @mickeykc34 

Mohammed Seedat   e:   t: @mseedat0

Dr Craig Hamilton   e:    t: @craigfots   /   @harkive 

Karen Patel     e:    t: @KarenPatel

Kiki Esa Perdana    e:     t: @dumbq_      

Mahfoud Amara  e:    t:    @AmaraMahfoud

Professor Clifford Stott   e:   t:   @cliffordstott

Deniz Nihan Aktan   e:    t:  @denzideng

Tony Sharkey   e:

Vince Hunt   e:    t:  @scorchedvh

Assistant Professor Abdul Rahim Al Droushi e: t: @Abdul_AlDroushi

Dr Rob Wilson   e:  t: @DrRob_Wilson

Dr Dan Plumley  e:  t: @DrDanPlumley

Sofie Kent   e:  t: @sofiek1

Chris Towlson   e:   t: chrisptowlson

Stefan Gunnarsson     e:    t: @stebbigunn

Dougie Brimson   e:    t: @dougiebrimson

Matthew Hindmarsh  e:  t:  @HindmarshMatt

Danny Coposescu   e:    t: @DannyCoposescu

Daniel Ziesche   e:

Guilherme de Moura Pinto Guimaraes t:  @guiguimaraes

Connor Penfold   e: t: @Connor_Penfold

Dr Danyel Reiche   e:   t:  @Danyel_Reiche

Dr Ken Sumida     e: t: @SumidaKen

John Curran  e:   t: @The_John_Curran

Dr Alex G. Gillett   e:   t: @dralexgillett

Martyn Dean Cooke   e:   t: @cooke_martyn

Dr. Kevin Tennent      e:    t:  @Kevin_D_Tennent

Renan Barabanov de Assis    e:      t:   @renanbarabanov

Dr Ciarán Ryan   e:    t: @ciaranryan_

Louis Bebb    e:    t: LouisBebb95

Marc Taylor   e: /  t: @mtsportbusiness 

Andrew Bethell  e: t: @on_the_head

James Brown  e: t: @1930WorldCup

Nicole Tornes    e:

Jan Andre Lee Ludvigsen  e:  t: @jaludvigsen

Noel Dempsey    e:  t: @ndemps86

Robin Ireland  e:   t: robinHEG

Dr Gayle Rogers  e:  t: @1958Munich

Daniel Warner    e:       t: @danwarner91 

Fabian Fritz   e: fabian.fritz@uni-hamburg

Darren Bernstein  e:   t: @darrenbernstein

Giovanni Armanini  e:   t: @armagio

Federico Genovesi    e:   t:  @FGenovesi1

Dr Richard Purves  e:  t:  @RickPurves

Neil Fredrik Jensen e: t: @NFJensen @GameofthePeople

Harry Spence e:  t: @harry__spence

Dr Kevin Tallec Marston  e: /

Sarthak Mondal  e:  t: @sm_speaks

Daniel Smyth  e:

Greg Nixon  e:  t: @nixontimbers

Dr Paul Brannagan    e:  t: @PMBrannagan 

Alison Bambridge   e:   t:   @alicrime

Dr Joseph Webster   e:

Dr Hanya Pielichaty e: t: @HanyaUoL   

Jorge Knijnik  e:  t: @JorgeKni

Neal Stone  e:

Dane White  e:

Santiago Del Pino Muriel e:  t: @sdelpinomuriel

Francisco Fardilha  e:  t:  @desafardilha

Karen Grunwell  e: t: @kj61

Kieran Mitton  e:  t: @kieranmitton

Tim Hatton  e:

Dr Bettina Friedrich  e:  t: @betty_friedrich

Helena Byrne  e:  t:  @HBee2015

Mark Andrews  e:

Thomas Farines  e:  t: @thomasfarines

Pedro Iriondo  e:  t: @PedroIriondo

Jackie Day-Garner  e:  t: @jackiedayuclan

Roman Vodeb  e:  t: @RomanVodeb

Robert Kielty  e:  t: @robertkielty @ProPerformSpors

Nicola McCarthy  e:  t: @mccarthy_mcfc

Patrick Salkeld   e:  t: @patsalkeld

Wesley van den Breul e: t: @WesleyvdBreul 

Kieran Maguire  e:  t:  @KieranMaguire   

Javier Szlifman   e: t: @javierszlifman

Seth Kirby  e:  t: @sethkirbyaru

Michael Brunskill  e:  t: @The_FSF

Dr Adam L. Winkel  e:  t: @adamlwinkel





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