Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.

90s Football Culture | Photographs by Richard Davis

British Culture Archive

In 1991 Richard Davis documented 90s football culture around the stadiums of the North West of England for a book called Football with Attitude. The project also took Richard over to Holland where Manchester United fans had made the away trip to Rotterdam to watch their team take on Barcelona in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final.

Steve Redhead

Written by the late Steve Redhead, the book examined the crossover of 90s football culture, popular music and youth culture. It’s a well written and informative book from a golden era, when the music and fashions of the late eighties and early nineties spilled onto the terraces.

Madchester United. Manchester United fans in Amsterdam, 1991.
Madchester United. Manchester United fans in Amsterdam ahead of the European Cup Winners' Cup Final, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.

Fanzine Culture

The book takes a look at fanzine culture, and how it was, and still is, a huge influence on supporters. One of the fanzines covered is Liverpool’s groundbreaking The End – first published in 1981 The End differed from many other fanzines at the time as it featured articles on topics beyond football. 

There were great articles about music, fashion, trends and politics, gig reviews and what’s in? and what’s out?. It became an essential cultural guide and influenced fans long before the days of football forums and social media. It also directly inspired many other fanzines of the era – including the legendary London based music fanzine Boys Own.

Peter Hooton and Kevin Sampson
The End co founder and editor Peter Hooton (also The Farm) with author/writer and The Farm manager Kevin Sampson, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.

Pop Culture 

The below words by Steve Redhead provide a brief insight into the book and Richard’s 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”.

Football With Attitiude author Steve Redhead. Maine Road, 1991.
Football With Attitiude author Steve Redhead. Maine Road, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.

“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”. – Steve Redhead.

Gallery

Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Manchester United fans outside Feyenoord's stadium in Rotterdam, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Manchester United fans in Rotterdam, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Sheffield Wednesday Fans at Boundary Park, 1991.
Sheffield Wednesday supporters at Boundary Park, Oldham, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Oldham Fans at Boundary Park, 1991.
Oldham Athletic supporters at Boundary Park, Oldham, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester United Fans outside Old Trafford, 1991.
Manchester United Fans outside Old Trafford, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
United We Stand Seller. Old Trafford, 1991.
United We Stand Seller. Old Trafford, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Junior Evertonians. Goodison Park, 1991.
Junior Evertonians. Goodison Park, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Matchday at Anfield, 1991.
Matchday at Anfield, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Liverpool Fans outside Maine Road, 1991.
Liverpool Fans at Maine Road, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Liverpool Fan Byron outside Maine Road, 1991.
Liverpool fan at Maine Road, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Manchester City Fans at Maine Road, 1991.
Manchester City Fans. Maine Road, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Junior Blues at Maine Road, 1991.
Junior Blues at Maine Road, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Maine Road, 1991.
Maine Road, 1991.
Photo © Richard Davis.
Football With Attitude Book Cover - By Steve Redhead.
Football With Attitude by Steve Redhead - Photos © Richard Davis.

All Images © Richard Davis, all rights reserved.

90s Football Culture | Photographs by Richard Davis

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