Why Save a Failing Football Club? Reconsidering the Relationship Between Football and Government During the 1980s

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The sport of football (or soccer) was professionalised in the 19th century and for many years its finance and ownership has received much attention within mainstream media although only minimal attention from academic business historians. The study investigates the financial difficulties of Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Company Limited (MFAC) before its eventual demise and reformation in the summer of 1986. The study examines the Club as a business in a broader economic context, drawing on previously unseen archival sources dating from the 1980s to analyse the relationship between Club, government, industry, and the broader regional economy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015
EventBritish Society of Sports History North East and Yorks Conference - Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Nov 2015 → …


ConferenceBritish Society of Sports History North East and Yorks Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period14/11/15 → …


  • Professional football
  • professional soccer
  • sport
  • local government
  • local economy
  • finance
  • 1980s
  • Middlesbrough

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