Football with Attitude | Richard Davis’s Images of Football & Fashion in 1991.

In 1991 photographer Richard Davis visited football grounds across the North West taking snapshots of fans for a book called Football with Attitude.

Written by the late Steve Redhead the book examined the time when the attitude and fashions of the prevalent music scenes were embraced by many fans on the terraces.

The project also took Richard to Holland where Manchester United fans had made the away trip to Rotterdam for the Cup Winners Cup final.

The below words by Steve Redhead provide a brief insight into the book and accompanying photography.

“Football With Attitude examines the changing contemporary relationships between football, popular music and youth culture – in short, football fandom as pop culture”.

“The photographs from the book provide snapshots of the forever-changing channels of football into music, and music into football. They portray a supporter culture where, increasingly, young football fans are music fans and vice versa: visually they are often indistinguishable”.

“Many of those involved in the music industry (writers, producers, DJ’s and musicians) are obsessive football fans themselves. Moreover, football-related popular music is no longer the lowest of low art, but right at the cutting edge of dancefloor sounds”.

A selection of Richards photography from the book in our gallery below provides a great snapshot of the era.

Gallery

Madchester United. Manchester United fans in Amsterdam, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans outside the stadium in Rotterdam, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans at Old Trafford, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
United We Stand Seller, Old Trafford, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Junior Evertonians, Goodison Park, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Liverpool fans at Anfield, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans at Old Trafford, 1991. Photo © Richard Davis.
Football with Attitude, 1991.

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