Brexit, Trump and Aldershot FC

This week David and Helen talk with the historian David Kynaston about his diary of the 2016-17 season in football and in politics, when a lot happened both to the world and to his beloved Aldershot FC. It's a conversation about loyalty, identity and belonging, and about what sorts of change we can tolerate and what we can't. Plus Helen reflects on her life as a West Ham fan.

Talking Points:

For David Kynaston, football is about identity.

  • We all have our personal myths.
  • Continuity of space, even colours, is also important.

Football in Britain has derived a lot of meaning from the relationship between club and place.

  • The continuity between location and fan base broke at some point in the 1990s, maybe earlier. 
  • And then there are questions of ownership, management.

For David Kynaston, football is rooted in place; politics is not.

  • Small and medium sized towns feel ‘left behind’; these places have also been left behind in the football sense. 
  • But anger about the inequalities or the premier league doesn’t have a lot of political purchase. 

What is the relationship between the planning period of the 50s and 60s and Brexit voters?

  • People who lived through that maybe had reasons to distrust people telling them what was best.
  • There was also a coarsening of popular culture, led by Murdoch and the Sun.

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