What are the origins of the less-than-friendly rivalry between the two major football teams in Scotland? Why does this run down the generations, and into the Scottish diaspora? And could their matches ever be just about football?
Prior to Alan Bairner’s arrival in Loughborough in 2003, where he is Professor of Sport and Social Theory, he was Professor in Sport Studies at the University of Ulster where he worked for twenty-five years. Alan was the only educationalist who worked in both the Republican and Loyalist prisons.
He is the author of Sport, Nationalism, and Globalization. Europe and North American Perspectives and co-author (with John Sugden) of Sport, Sectarianism and Society in a Divided Ireland. He edited Sport and the Irish. Histories, Identities, Issues and is joint editor of Sport in Divided Societies, The Bountiful Game? Football Identities and Finances and The Politics of the Olympics. A Survey .
In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group
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