Northernness, Sheffield and the 1966 World Cup: The “Steel City” on display

Warwick, T. (2017) Northernness, Sheffield and the 1966 World Cup: The “Steel City” on display. International Journal of Regional and Local History, 12(2), pp. 92-106. (doi:10.1080/20514530.2017.1400717)

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During summer 1966 global attention turned to the manufacturing centre of Sheffield as “Steel City” played host to a number of FIFA World Cup matches. The tournament has been romanticised by the press as a key national triumph following England's victory, whilst sport historians have critiqued the event's cultural, economic, political and social impact. This article contends that this major sporting event served as a platform for articulating and experiencing the provincial north of England by highlighting how post-war Sheffield utilised the 1966 World Cup to promote multiple identities spanning that of a traditional, northern industrial centre to one of a modern, forward-thinking city.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Warwick, Dr Thomas
Authors: Warwick, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Regional and Local History
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Published Online:22 November 2017

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