famous teams
the fans
home and away
social context
the game

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The Fans:
Content and Introduction

Football’s popularity is reflected in the media interest shown in games, the attendances at grounds, and especially, the devotion of the fans.

The popularity of football reached its peak during the 1930s. In 1937, 149,415 fans watched the Scotland v England game, and then a week later 147,365 Celtic and Aberdeen fans saw Celtic win the Scottish Cup final. The appeal of the game ran the length and breadth of the country, with teams from the Highlands to the Borders, (including Berwick which, despite being an English town, plays in the Scottish league). While the numbers attending games has fallen, for those that go to matches the passion remains as high as it ever was.

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