Our Front is Popular: The 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman revisits 1936 when anti-fascism was the cause home and abroad ‘Hurrah for the Blackshirts!’  The notorious Daily Mail headline is just one chilling indication of the very real threat Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists posed in the mid 1930s. Inspired by the successful rise to power of Mussolini in Italy and Hitler […]

The Social Democratic Team GB v. Freemarket English Football

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman outlines what  Great Britain’s Olympic success does and does not mean Team GB’s second place in the Rio medals table is nothing less than staggering. It is only 20 years ago that the squad returned with a solitary Gold from Atlanta ’96 clinging on to 36th in the table. This sporting nation is […]

More of a Marathon than a Sprint – Philosophy Football’s Book Review

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football offers his reading selection for a Summer of Sport Exhaustive? Exhausting more like. The never-ending summer of sport from Euro 2016, the British Grand Prix, English rugby down under, Test Match cricket, Le Tour, Wimbledon fortnight , Rio 2016 and then before you know it the football season has started. […]

A Games that Belonged to the People

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football uncovers the hidden history of Barcelona ‘36 When the Rio Olympics begin tonight beyond the glitz and the glamour of the opening ceremony spectacle there will be popular protests right across the city.  It was the same at London 2012 and the Vancouver Winter Games of 2010. Throughout the build […]

Mark Perryman’s Summer Book Review

by Mark Perryman.

Don’t burn the books A scorching hot list of summer political reading selected by Mark Perryman A year ago as Labour sought to recover from the May General Election defeat halls were starting to fill up for Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign rallies. But even as the halls got bigger and the queues round the block longer […]

Englishness and Welshness in the Battle of Britons

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman previews England v Wales as competing versions of nationhood The traditional ‘Battle of Britain’ match is of course England v Scotland, the very first recognised international football match dating back to 1872 and the most intense of rivalries ever since. The last time two ‘home’ nations met in a major tournament it was […]

Euro 2016: Never stop us dreaming

by Mark Perryman.

As Euro 2016 begins Mark Perryman offers an 11-point plan finally to end England’s years of hurt Five decades on from England’s solitary tournament triumph and as the team prepare yet another effort to end these proverbial 50 years of hurt at Euro 2016 it seems as good a time as any to consider a […]

Football: Catching up with Portugal

by Mark Perryman.

50 years ago England beat Portugal in the ’66 World Cup but Mark Perryman argues English decline has left England racing to keep up with their Euro rivals Thursday night’s pre-Euro England friendly versus Portugal is bound to provoke a 50th anniversary revisiting of England’s best match of the ’66 World Cup. No, not the much feted […]

The symbolic politics of England football: an imagined community of eleven people

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football explores what Monday’s announcement of the England Euro 2016 squad tells us about modern Englishness I was six at the time of England winning the World Cup in ’66. Despite it remaining somewhat of an obsession of mine – to declare an interest I’ve just edited the collection 1966 and […]

Where have all the flowers gone?

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football reviews the new wave of rebel music It has become almost a mantra, there’s no protest music any more, discuss. In the mainstream maybe, though Beyoncé for one by following up her embrace of feminism with the message that the Black Panthers matter seems to confound even that. The trouble for […]

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