Like Everton, you're just a small club - perceptions of greatness in British club football

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92591
Title:
Like Everton, you're just a small club - perceptions of greatness in British club football
Authors:
Eaves, D. L. (Daniel) ( 0000-0003-2436-7694 ) ; Rockwood, J. (Joel)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. Sport and Exercise Science.
Citation:
Eaves, D. L. and Rockwood, J. (2008) 'Like Everton, you're just a small club - perceptions of greatness in British club football', Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 2 (1), pp.45-58.
Journal:
Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92591
Abstract:
The early regulatory protocols for organising a football club were established in Britain during the second half of the nineteenth century. Because of their long history, many English clubs founded within this period are considered to be among the most prestigious in the football world. However, longevity of existance versus current competitive status has led many to question how the stature of a club might be gauged. In February 2007 Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez refered to their city rivals Everton as a 'small club' sparking a heated debate which has stirred reactions from the media as well as players, managers and supporters. This paper explores fan perspectives regarding how the status of British clubs might be defined, particularly in the context of what counts as a 'big' or 'great' club. Electonic-fanzine (e-zine) data was gathered from the supporters of ten clubs from five British cities during two consecutive football seasons. Responses were grouped according to historical significance, domestic and international success, fan base, structural strength, global appeal and individuality. Supporters noted that European success built on a legacy of domestic acheivement was the most significant gauge of club stature, with Champion's League victories a pre-requisite for 'greatness'. Domestic trophy tallies were also considered important, although such acheivments were discussed relative to the competitiveness of individual tournaments. Ground size, fan base and distinctiveness were also perceived to be key definers of a club's prominence, as was 'strategic assets' such as playing and managerial staff.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
perceptions; football; greatness; status; fans; supporters; success; Champion's League
Rights:
No publisher policy information on http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 19/02/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 19/02/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorEaves, D. L. (Daniel)en
dc.contributor.authorRockwood, J. (Joel)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-19T16:33:55Z-
dc.date.available2010-02-19T16:33:55Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies; 2 (1): 45-58en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/92591-
dc.description.abstractThe early regulatory protocols for organising a football club were established in Britain during the second half of the nineteenth century. Because of their long history, many English clubs founded within this period are considered to be among the most prestigious in the football world. However, longevity of existance versus current competitive status has led many to question how the stature of a club might be gauged. In February 2007 Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez refered to their city rivals Everton as a 'small club' sparking a heated debate which has stirred reactions from the media as well as players, managers and supporters. This paper explores fan perspectives regarding how the status of British clubs might be defined, particularly in the context of what counts as a 'big' or 'great' club. Electonic-fanzine (e-zine) data was gathered from the supporters of ten clubs from five British cities during two consecutive football seasons. Responses were grouped according to historical significance, domestic and international success, fan base, structural strength, global appeal and individuality. Supporters noted that European success built on a legacy of domestic acheivement was the most significant gauge of club stature, with Champion's League victories a pre-requisite for 'greatness'. Domestic trophy tallies were also considered important, although such acheivments were discussed relative to the competitiveness of individual tournaments. Ground size, fan base and distinctiveness were also perceived to be key definers of a club's prominence, as was 'strategic assets' such as playing and managerial staff.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsNo publisher policy information on http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 19/02/2010]en
dc.subjectperceptionsen
dc.subjectfootballen
dc.subjectgreatnessen
dc.subjectstatusen
dc.subjectfansen
dc.subjectsupportersen
dc.subjectsuccessen
dc.subjectChampion's Leagueen
dc.titleLike Everton, you're just a small club - perceptions of greatness in British club footballen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. Sport and Exercise Science.en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studiesen
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 19/02/2010]en
or.citation.harvardEaves, D. L. and Rockwood, J. (2008) 'Like Everton, you're just a small club - perceptions of greatness in British club football', Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 2 (1), pp.45-58.-
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