Football Hooligans Knowing the score Chapter One

As part of my research for my concept  of broken britain regarding football hooliganism, I have started reading a book which investigates the nature of football hooliganism. The opening chapter attempts to begin to unravel some of the catalysts and possible triggers for acts of football hooliganism and also explores the notion of football hooliganism being more than just a sporadic event which results in skirmishes between rival fans. Much of what I read within this chapter directed acts of football hooliganism more towards working class men who would congregate in dedicated groups often attaching themselves to their respective football clubs nickname. For example, the first chapter focuses solely on hooligans from Sheffield, home to Sheffield United (The Blades) and Sheffield Wednesday (The Owls). These groups of working class men or ‘firms’ seem to generate a sense of alliance between like minded fans similarly to an organized gang or even guerilla army. The author even highlights a correlation between research into Chicago based gangs from the 1960’s and football hooligan firms in the modern era on a social level (Gary Armstrong, 1998). This already gives me an aspect I can develop into a design basis, by looking at what it means to belong to something or be part of a group with emotion, pride and intent and recreating that visually. If a typeface was to empower someone and generate this notion of belonging and identity what would it look like? It would have to be proud, perhaps generate a sense of exclusivity so maybe an elegant style would be more appropriate? Perhaps a serif typeface with strong strokes and serifs which covers both of these. This not only generates a typeface with a concept behind it that is relevant to my research idea, but also has application to it making it a viable typeface for broad design application, thus being a conceptual typeface with legibility and cause.

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