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Panel Discussion: Has Football Lost its Class? (2016)

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 60
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With FIFA embroiled in allegations of corruption and ticket prices escalating, is it possible for football to remain ‘the working man’s ballet’?

This panel discussion is inspired by the production of The Damned United


Rogan Taylor

Rogan identified the need for a post-graduate ‘football business’ qualification back in 1997, and helped launch the FIMBA programme that same year.

He was awarded a PhD by Lancaster University with a thesis on ‘Psychoanalysis and Primitive Religion’. He is primarily interested in the history and culture of football, the relationship between football and its fans, football and the media, the commercialisation of the game, and football in the Pacific Rim and Eastern Europe.

His main research work to date has been on the history of football fans and their organisations (Football and its Fans, 1992, Leicester UP, London), and he has also produced a number of acclaimed television and radio programmes on football and football culture, including the BBC’s Kicking and Screaming in 1995, and BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Death of Football in 1997.He is the author of five books about football.

Dr Taylor is regularly asked to give addresses to key football business conferences such as Expos and ‘Leaders in Football’ (where he also acts as a senior consultant). He sat on the Government’s Football Taskforce, in 1998, and was called as an expert to advise the House of Commons Select Committee on Football in 2012.


Rod Dixon | Director 

Rod is Artistic Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company whose directing credits for Red Ladder include Where’s Vietnam?, Forgotten Things, Riot, Rebellion and Bloody Insurrection, Ugly, Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll, Big Society!, Promised Land, The Thing About Psychopaths, We’re Not Going Back and Hurling Rubble at the Sun (co-produced with Park Theatre London).


Anthony Clavane 

Anthony was born and brought up in Leeds and is the author of ‘Promised Land’, described as “one of the hidden gems of 21st-century sportswriting” Daily Telegraph and named Sports Book Of The Year. His new book A Yorkshire Tragedy, about the 1980s is out later in the year.

He writes about sport for the Sunday Mirror and has had two plays performed in Leeds: Promised Land at The Carriageworks and Playing The Joker at West Yorkshire Playhouse. A new play Leeds Lads, about the First World War, will be performed at The Carriageworks in June.



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