Football Hooliganism – A Re-Emerging Problem?

Football Hooliganism – A Re-Emerging Problem?

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre,
Birkbeck College,
Torrington Square,
London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 4th May, 6pm-8pm

Given by:

Professor Eric Dunning


Professor Eric Dunning is widely acknowledged as one of Britain ‘s leading experts on the phenomenon of football-related violence. A sociologist by training, he has been widely consulted by UK government agencies, such as the Home Office and the Police Service, during the drafting of many of the anti-hooliganism policies initiated over the last twenty five years.

In this seminar Professor Dunning addresses the key question as to whether the football industry has been able to resolve its long-standing problems with violent conduct by some supporters at games. Critically he will:

  • Outline the historical impact and development of the hooligan problem in Britain from the 1960s through to the present day.
  • Outline the various institutional responses to the phenomenon assessing their degree of success.
  • Make an assessment of the current state of the problem in the light, for example, of significant violence following the February 2005 FA Cup tie between Everton and Manchester United; is hooliganism experiencing a resurgence?


  • Dunning, E.; Murphy P.; Waddington, I. ; & Astrinakis, A. (Eds.) (2003) Fighting Fans: Football Hooliganism as a World Phenomenon . University College Dublin .
  • Dunning, E. (1999). Sport matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence and Civilisation . London : Routledge.
  • Dunning, E., Murphy, P. and Williams, J. (1988). The Roots of Football Hooliganism; An Historical and Sociological Study . London : Routledge & Kegan

For further details contact:


Sean Hamil 
Football Governance Research Centre

E.mail: / Tel: 020-7631 6763

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