‘‘Race’, Politics & Local Football: ’: Continuity and change in the life of a British African-Caribbean local football club

Paul Campbell, John Williams

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)


This paper focuses on the role of a local sports club in shaping the lives of British African-Caribbean males in one British city over a 40-year period. The paper describes how the ‘Meadebrook Cavaliers’ has transitioned from its origins as an East Midlands parks-based football team in 1970 to a successful senior-level local football club by the early 1980s, before finally achieving a further social and financial organizational complexity in its charitable status, attained in 2009. Attention is paid specifically to the social formation of this largely masculine ‘black’ sport space over time and on how, and in what ways, these developments in local sport in one club in one British city are also intimately connected to wider social, economic and political developments in the UK. In doing so, the paper demonstrates, both theoretically and empirically, how the emergence of ‘black’ local football resonates with social change around ‘race’ politics in Britain during the period 1970–2010. By the same token, this mainly black male sporting space continues to reflect and influence change in the wider political, social and sporting terrains within which the club has been located – and within the dynamic black African-Caribbean communities which constitute it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-439
Number of pages15
JournalSport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics
Issue number4
Early online date16 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


Cite this