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16 September 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Football 150 attracted world’s best academic superstars 

A shared love of the beautiful game has attracted academics from across the world to a first-of-its-kind conference organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Football 150 Conference, which was held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, offered lectures and seminars covering all aspects of the nation’s favourite sport.

Over three days it explored the historical, sociological, artistic and all other aspects of men and women's football in all its varieties, and aimed to reflect on the history of the Football Association whilst developing a blueprint for the future of the game and its study.

Professor John Hughson, Director of the International Football Institute at UCLan, said: “It was fantastic to have academics from Australia, America, Brazil, Italy, Germany and a whole host of other countries attend as it’s been the first comprehensive football conference to have taken place. The variety of areas covered means it has attracted major researchers within the football and sports world.”

“It was fantastic to have academics from Australia, America, Brazil, Italy, Germany and a whole host of other countries attend as it’s been the first comprehensive football conference to have taken place.”

The conference, which was held in partnership with the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University and the National Football Museum in Manchester, was organised by Dr Jane Clayton from UCLan’s International Football Institute. Dr Clayton and six fellow UCLan academics also presented their work at the event.

The opening address was given by Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s Director of Football Development. Keynote speeches were given by Karen Espelund of UEFA’s executive committee and former general secretary of the Norwegian FA, David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, and Tony Mason, author of the ground-breaking Association Football and English Society. The conference also hosted the Arab Football Forum 2013.

Professor John Hughson added: “I’m delighted with how well it went and the feedback has been fantastic. An historian from New York came over to the conference and told me it’s the best conference he’s ever been to. That’s praise indeed.” 

A selection of organisers and delegates, including UCLan’s Professor John Hughson on the far right of the photo, at the Football 150 Conference held at the National Football Museum.