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.
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.
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.
The below words by Steve Redhead provide a brief insight into the book and Richard’s accompanying photography.
“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”. – Steve Redhead.
Football with Attitude was published in 1991 by Wordsmith.
All Images © Richard Davis, all rights reserved.