The birth of the fan podcast

Why did Victorians flock to watch 22 men kicking a pig’s bladder about? Episode 45 of The Blizzard Podcast features my story on the origins of the football supporter, The birth of the fan, from 2014’s issue 12.

“In Episode Forty Five we revisit Paul Brown’s ‘The Birth of the Fan’ from Issue Thirteen, which looks back at historical sources to review the birth of football fandom itself. While our modern proclivities have been passed down from father or grandfather, there was a time when no such familial link existed. From the early ‘mob’ games between local villages, through the founding of the first works’ teams and the formation of professional football, the role played by the supporter changed as rapidly as the game itself.”

Listen to or download episode 45 of The Blizzard Podcast

Read the full article in Issue Twelve of The Blizzard.


Paul Brown

Hello. I am a writer called Paul Brown. This is my website. It's basically a portfolio of recent work, plus an outlet to post quick pieces and plug my books. I write about football history, extraordinary true stories, and all kinds of other stuff. For more info please see my about page or contact me.