A Game of Moans: Fantipathy and Criticism in Football Fandom

Richard McCulloch

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The above statements, all taken from a popular online forum, are fairly typical examples of football (soccer) fan discourse in times of victory.¹ Enthusiastic exclamations of delight sit alongside optimism and relief, while other comments playfully mock those who had previously criticized or underestimated the team.
It was March 10, 2013, in England, and fans of Liverpool Football Club (hereafter Liverpool) were celebrating a 3-2 victory against a strong opponent, Tottenham Hotspur. Six days later, however, following Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton, the same forum took on a very different complexion: Wages should be stopped, starting with [the] manager.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnti-Fandom
Subtitle of host publicationDislike and Hate in the Digital Age
EditorsMelissa A. Click
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNYU Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781479883240, 9781479866625
ISBN (Print)9781479851041 , 9781479805273
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NamePostmillennial Pop
PublisherNYU Press


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