We Hate England! We Hate England? National Identity and Anti-Englishness in Welsh Soccer Fan Culture
This paper explores expressions of anti-Englishness in the fan culture of Swansea City Football Club. It argues they are deliberate expressions of a sense of Welshness and difference to England in the face of the wider complexities of Wales’s status as a distinct nation. In line with soccer fan culture, they take a seemingly aggressive but ultimately playful form, but one that is not politicised and does not reflect literally local social relations. Yet such chants are also contested and the debates surrounding them further reveal the complexity of Welsh identity.
Published : 2010-03-11