Being a bad football fan is about being a football fan on your own terms, which must not align with the image of the stereotypical male fan.
I’m what could be considered a bad football fan. I’ve been supporting Tottenham Hotspur for a solid 10 years now, but I never stepped foot inside White Hart Lane – I have only been to London a solid 40 hours, don’t know the area in which the club has evolved, I can’t name the starting eleven under Bill Nicholson in the glory years, I don’t even watch every game on stream and I’m not in the know about every single thing that happens at the club. There was a time when I used to never miss a game, and know everything that was going on, who was signing a new contract and how much Levy was willing to cough up. Now I’m in a phase of my life where these things are not as important to my fandom as they once were, and might become once again, and what I want to argue is that my value as a fan is not less than someone who’s seemingly more into it, it’s just all about how it gets expressed.
This site was born out of a desperate search of belonging, having a space where I did not have to feel wrong/bad/like an outsider for the way that I chose to do football and football fandom.
I’m also very interested in looking at what space female football and women in football have in society, and as a woman, I want to be part of being in charge of how women are represented and presented in the footballing world today. The narrative of women should not be simplified, and in my work, I aim to bring out all of the complexity, multi-dimensionality and, simply, humanity that fits into a woman.