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Playing Away from Home: Identity in Northern Ireland and the Experience of Derry City Football Club

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Abstract:

This article explores aspects of the history of Derry City Football Club in the period 1968-1985, and the effect that the Northern Irish troubles had on the soccer club. The whole question of identity within Northern Ireland has always been contested between those pursuing an Irish nationalist agenda, and those wishing to remain within the Union. This article locates Derry City within this struggle, and demonstrates how far reaching the effects of the contest between identities have been, even on something so 'normal' as a soccer club. Soccer clubs, it is argued, are an important location for the creation and sustaining of identities that are reflective of wider issues within society.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/146089400113454

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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