University of Leicester eBulletin

World Cup - Expertise at the University of Leicester

May 2002
No 112

The University of Leicester was first in the UK to carry out in-depth research into football hooliganism and has expertise in a number of football and sports related issues. You may find the following contacts useful:

Patrick Murphy - 0116 252 5939
Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester
Fax 0116 252 5720
Email mam@le.ac.uk

Football fans and hooliganism; managers in professional football.  In recent years (since 1998) Patrick has edited the annual Singer & Friedlander Review. Prior to this, he worked closely with Eric Dunning on the study of football hooliganism in the 1970s and 1980s and published prolifically in this area including, as co-author, a trilogy of books on the subject; Hooligans Abroad, The Roots of Football Hooliganism, and Football on Trial.  His research interests now include football hooliganism, the management and administration of association football, and the sports policy process in general.

Dr Ivan Waddington - 0116 252 5935
Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester
Fax 0116 252 5720
Email iw11@le.ac.uk

Dr Ivan Waddington (Director) was for many years Director of the Sir Norman Chester Centre.  He has a longstanding interest in both the sociology of sport and the sociology of health, and many of his research interests bridge these two areas of study.  He has recently completed a major research report with Martin Roderick for the Professional Footballers Association on the roles of the club doctor and physiotherapist in professional football. His book Sport, Health and Drugs was published in January 2000 by SPON

John Williams - 0116 252 2741
Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research, University of Leicester
Expertise on football culture, fans, policing, globalisation, the new economics of football
Email: jxw@leicester.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 2746 Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research at University of Leicester

John Williams is Director of the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research. His research interests in football are wide ranging, spanning fan behaviour and crowd management, supporter cultures, the modernisation of football, football and racism, and gender identities and football. He was involved on the recent Home Office Working Group on football hooliganism and was consulted by the South African authorities in 2001 on fan management. He co-authored three books on hooliganism in the 1980s, and in 1991 edited (with Stephen Wagg) British Football and Social Change (Leicester University Press). In 1994 he co-edited Game Without Frontiers (Avebury Press). His latest publications include Is It All Over? Can Football Survive the FA Premier League? (1999) South Street Press, Passing Rhythms (ed 2001), Berg, and Into the Red: Liverpool FC and the Transformation of English Football (2001) Mainstream Press.

Professor Eric Dunning - 0116 252 5939
Centre for Research into Sport and Society
Fax 0116 252 5720
Email ed15@le.ac.uk

Eric  was, until recently, one of the Senior Directors of the Centre for Research into Sport and Society.  Eric was a pioneer of the Sociology of Sport and the founder, with Patrick Murphy, of the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research. Together with Patrick Murphy, he was the leading figure behind the University's research into football hooliganism. They have both, with Ivan Waddington, recently co-edited the book 'Fighting Fans - Football Hooliganism as a World Problem' published by University College Dublin.

Sam Neatrour- 0116 252 2751
Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research at University of Leicester
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 2746
Email: sn39@leicester.ac.uk

Sam Neatrour is managing the two large-scale quantitative research projects: the FA Premier League National Fans Survey and the Football League National Fans survey - both funded by the respective leagues. He has also produced a web resource on the World Cup http://www.le.ac.uk/fo/news/

His research interests lie in Football stadia, and the importance attached to spaces by people. He has worked on numerous projects surrounding the importance of and subsequent redevelopment of Wembley stadium, and the future of a national stadium for the English national football team. He has also worked in researching the links between intra-family relationships and football supporting habits.

Steven Bradbury - 0116 252 5159
Researcher, Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research at the University of Leicester
Email: sb76@leicester.ac.uk

Steven Bradbury is currently undertaking a CASE Studentship on Racism and Anti-racist strategies in English football and is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Professional Footballers Association.

This PhD thesis examines the way in which racisms work to exclude minority ethnic communities from all levels of the game and to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of localised and nationally co-ordinated initiatives, which seek to redress this racialised imbalance.

Professor John Benyon - 0116 252 5914
Research Director, Scarman Centre
International policing, violence and disorder

Adrian Beck - 0116 252 5988
Lecturer in Security Management - Scarman Centre
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5934
Email: bna@le.ac.uk

Research interests:
Policing of transitional societies; police corruption; police training; security measures; violence against staff; national identity cards; crime and nuisance in town centres

Jon Garland - 0116 252 5701
Research Fellow, Scarman Centre
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5788
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mail: jgd@le.ac.uk

Research interests:
Racism, xenophobia and sport; policing and crowd control; ethnicity and identity; anti-racist strategies; rural racism; community safety

Dominic Malcolm - 0116 252 5933 
Centre for Research into Sport and Society 
Fax 0116 252 5720 
Email: dem4@le.ac.uk

Dominic has a wide range of research interests including cricket and race relations;  cricket spectator and player violence; sport, health and injury and; the commercialisation of sport. Dominic's first book, The Future of Football, was published in May 2000. He is also the founding co-editor of the journal Soccer and Society, which was launched in 2000. Dominic has recently published two journal articles on the commercialisation of sport. 

Mike Rowe - football hooliganism - 0116 252 5705 
Lecturer in policing, Scarman Centre
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5788
Email: mr5@le.ac.uk

Research interests:
'race', disorder and national identity; xenophobia and sport in Europe; 'race', racism and policing

 

Tina Skinner - 0116 252 3989 
Lecturer in Criminology, Scarman Centre
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5788
Email: ts30@le.ac.uk

Research interests:
Policing sexual violence and domestic violence; multi-agency work; voluntary and statutory sector counselling services for survivors; masculinity and violence; evaluative research

Martin Roderick (ex professional footballer) - careers of professional footballers - 0116 252 5941
Fax 0116 252 5720
Email: mr29@le.ac.uk

Martin Roderick is undertaking a part-time Phd examining the careers of professional footballers.  He has been involved in research focusing specifically on the management of injuries in professional football; and on sport for people with learning disabilities.  His other interests concern the emotions and sport and the problems of participating in sport at elite levels.

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