A Culture Of Abuse: The World Of The Fanatic


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Todd says:

    I think that, generally, the kind of the person that stoops to the “Munich” or “96 – not enough” type of abuse is in the minority. But, as always, it’s the minority that gives the majority a bad name.

    That said, I’m a Reading fan and our local rivals are Swindon and Oxford – two teams that we haven’t even played in years. Yet we still sing “We hate the Swindon, so we stab ‘um” which goes a tad far. I’d wager that a lot of people tend to hum over that line as I do – I’d feel embarrassed singing it.

  2. maliniok says:

    So you’ve found a one year old story about some idiotic individual and you conclude that these days, as opposed to the old days when everything obviously was nice and sweet, football fans hate other football fans/clubs with a passion. So pre-1992 there was no hooliganism, no one ever got beaten, hurt or even killed because of football hatred and prejudice. And obviously, if you don’t yet know who is responsible for that, the author will tell you: Sky and Murdoch. Wow…

  3. ejh says:

    “Scummer” and (in Oxford’s case) “Scumdon” are particularly unpleasant examples of what you’re talking about – I don’t believe any message board should allow terminology like that.

    Some years ago the local Oxford paper started playing up to the nastier sort of local attitudes in the run-up to a derby game against Swindon. Some Swindon and Oxford fans (self included) got together to protest about it and it’s possible we did some good. This was also in When Saturday Comes, if anybody cares to track it down.

    he is what a large number of people that don’t care about football at all think we are all like and the image of him is what can be used to tar the rest of us with.


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