FOOTBALL CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN ROTTERDAM IN 1914: WALKING THROUGH THE HISTORIC CITY IN SEARCH OF THE INDIVIDUAL
Speaker: Nick Piercey (University College London)
Football clubs are often talked about as having a collective identity. Clubs are seen as unified entities; a club wins and loses together – fans, members and players. Clubs are also seen as representing geographical areas, either of regions or cities, linking identity to location. Yet, clubs are, ultimately, comprised of individuals, each with their own particular background which can provide fertile ground for research into both the individuals in question but also the culture of a city.
This talk aims to provide a representation of Rotterdam and particularly the nature of its football culture in 1914. By using the membership lists of the clubs of Rotterdam at the start of the 1914/1915 season it will give an illustration of just who was involved in the game at this time in its development as well as highlight any differences between the clubs in the different neighbourhoods of the city. As well as providing an individual perspective on football culture, research into the individual can highlight how individuals interacted in their leisure time, as well as the networks and geographical spaces which were involved the lives participating in the game.
By focusing on the individual, the talk will demonstrate that research into football history can also provide exciting opportunities for cultural historians of other fields and especially to those wishing to attempt representations of everyday life in the cities of the past.
Nick Piercey is currently undertaking a PhD at University College London on the subject of 'Dutch Football Culture in the Netherlands; Amsterdam and Rotterdam, 1910-1920'.
Time and Date: 5:15 PM, Monday, 23 May
Location: Pollard Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
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