An Archive of My Father’s Youth: 80’s and 90’s Football Culture

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"Hiding his thin Kodak Disc camera in his underwear, my Dad Billy was able to photograph his trips in Britain and Europe without having his cameras confiscated or broken during police searches, a usual occurrence. Travelling on lengthy coach and train journeys, and camping and sleeping rough abroad, Billy followed his much-loved clubs Leeds United and England." – Bethany Kane

Through creating such imagery first intended for personal reminiscence, her father’s photographs offer us a rare insight into a somewhat undocumented scene. Bethany shares her father’s story with us through such documentation of his youth experiences whilst Billy and his group of like-minded friends continue to support the teams that they love and actively participate in a culture they feel so passionately about.

A man shouting "come on England the guns aren't loaded" in front of the march at flashpoint. Holland v England (Sardinia, Italy. 1990)
Fighting the police in the grounds car park. Bournemouth v Leeds (Bournemouth. 26/03/98)
England fans hotel. Poland v England (Katowice, Poland. 11/10/89)
Teargas at flashpoint marching to the ground. Holland v England (Sardinia, Italy. 1990)
Start of the march from the train station to the Dutch fans. England's biggest hooligan turn out. (Sardinia, Italy. 1990)
Fighting the police in the grounds car park. Bournemouth v Leeds (Bournemouth. 26/03/98)
England fans arriving early and forced at gun point to attend match. Poland v England (Jastrebezie, Poland. 10/10/89)
Flares shot into crowd. Poland v England (Katowice, Poland. 11/10/89)
Teargas and fighting. Holland v England (Sardinia, Italy. 1990)
Being escorted into ground by police. Poland v England (Katowice, Poland. 11/10/89)
Fighting the police before the game. Belgium v England (Bologna, Italy. 1990)
Teargas and fighting. Holland v England (Sardinia, Italy. 1990)

If you are interested in purchasing An Archive of My Father’s Youth: 80’s and 90’s Football Culture contact Kane directly via Lost Generation.

bethanykane.co.uk / @beth_kane_