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Regionalism in Football: Collective Identities & Political Potential



In this episode we speak to Alex Niven, author of 'Folk Opposition', about the political potential of regional identities and how they can center around football fandom. Featuring: neoliberal regeneration, Kevin Keegan's Labourism & Sir John Hall's Thatcherism, supporters trusts, the political activity of Istanbul ultras, a west/east divide in unEnglish regional identities, the lack of a Cornish league club, 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously', regionalism in Iberian football, Sicilians supporting Argentina, a hyper-conservative bourgeois inauthentic 'London' identity and the indisputable fact that Oasis were better than Blur.