Something To Declare: Following England, National Identity and World Cup 2006

Something To Declare: Following England, National Identity and World Cup 2006

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

Wednesday 23rd November at 6pm

Given by:

Mark Perryman, Research Fellow in Sport and Leisure Culture, The Chelsea School, University of Brighton


In this paper Mark will draw on his extensive experience as a travelling England fan and pioneer of a ‘fan-friendly’ culture to identify the causes and consequences of England supporters’ negative reputation. Taking the experience of Euro 2004 as his starting point Mark will examine the reasons why this reputation, deserved or otherwise, has begun to change. He will explore the implications for the FA, government, police and media of how this process has developed. His conclusion will look forward to the likely outcome of England ‘s presence in Germany for World Cup 2006.

Mark is a research fellow in sport and leisure culture in The Chelsea School at the University of Brighton . A travelling England fan since 1996 he was one of the founders of the independent London England Fans group. The co-organiser of the ‘Raise the Flag’ initiative at England home games, he is also a member of the Home Office working group on football and disorder. He is a regular broadcaster on England fan issues, editor of The Ingerland Factor and Going Oriental. He is currently completing the writing of his first single-authored book on England , Ingerland: Travels with a Football Nation to be published by Simon and Schuster in 2006. In 1994 Mark formed, with business partner Hugh Tisdale, the T-shirt company Philosophy Football, the self-styled ‘Sporting Outfitters of Intellectual Distinction.’


  • Perryman M (2006) Ingerland: Travels with a Football Nation, Simon & Schuster, London
  • Perryman M Ed (2002) Going Oriental: Football after World Cup 2002, Mainstream, Edinburgh
  • Perryman M (2002) Ingerland Expects: World Cup, National Identity and Football, IPPR, London
  • Perryman M Ed (2001) Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of Football Violence, Mainstream Edinburgh
  • Perryman M Ed (1999) The Ingerland Factor: Home Truths from Football, Mainstream, Edinburgh

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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