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The Future of Football Fanzines: Have they Lost their Voice in this Digitalised and Deregulated Age?

Breen, P and Hoey, PJ (2022) The Future of Football Fanzines: Have they Lost their Voice in this Digitalised and Deregulated Age? The Political Quarterly. ISSN 0032-3179


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Football fanzines once stood at the vanguard of fan activism. Historically, they have served as the voice of supporters, largely independent of the clubs they are associated with. Indeed, a recurring characteristic of these fanzines is that they often challenge and question authority. In the halcyon days of past decades, they proliferated and often acted as a powerful vector of change within football. Increasingly though, they have been pushed to the margins, for a number of reasons, ranging from the increasing digitalisation of media to the growing distance between fans and club owners as a consequence of the money that's now in the game. Football's inexorable drift towards deregulation means that fanzines alone can no longer act as agents of change and challenge. They need to work in synch with supporters’ groups in order to make their voices heard. More than that, this needs to happen not just at a local, but a national level, so that supporters from top to bottom of English football's shaky pyramid are seen to speak with one voice. Perhaps above all, there is a need for independent regulation of the game's governance.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Breen, P. and Hoey, P. (2022), The Future of Football Fanzines: Have they Lost their Voice in this Digitalised and Deregulated Age?. The Political Quarterly. , which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.13205. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science & Public Administration; 1605 Policy and Administration; 1606 Political Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Wiley
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 12:46
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2023 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/1467-923x.13205
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18150
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