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Liverpool SectarianismThe Rise and Demise$
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Keith Daniel Roberts

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940100

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.001.0001

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Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs: New Gods

Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs: New Gods

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(p.249) 9 Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs: New Gods
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Liverpool Sectarianism
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Keith Daniel Roberts

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.003.0010

The final chapter asks if and (if so) why football has become the ‘new religion’ of the city, as adherence to Christianity went into decline. It acknowledges how those without a religion often designate their football allegiance as their ‘religion’ on social media and even when filling out census returns. As such, it examines to what extent football has taken on an almost spiritual dimension in the city? The author notes how football’s elevation to a level of an all-embracing, hegemonic power within the city may have helped displace religion as the key divide and object of identification in the port, as for many people on Merseyside, Everton FC or Liverpool FC are as significant to their life as the Catholic Church or the Orange Order once were to a majority of people on Merseyside. Evidence gathered from supporters of both teams, politicians, clergymen, journalists, and others is analysed.

Keywords:   Football, Everton, John Houlding, Liverpool, Merseyside, Orange, Irish, God, Religion, Goodison Park

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