1) Who are ya?
Geoff Pearson, 39, from Manchester
2) Who do you support?
3) What was your first game?
Manchester United 0 Nottingham Forest 4, December 1977
4) What do you do for a job?
I am a Senior Lecturer in Sports Management and Law at the University of Liverpool. I teach Football & Law and Sports Operations Management and I am Director of Studies for the MBA (Football Industries) programme. My research interests include football crowd behaviour and management, policing, legal responses to crowd disorder and the impact of EU Law on the football industry. I have published two books on football fan behaviour and managing ‘hooliganism’ along with many articles and reports.
5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
6) How did you get into it?
I completed a PhD at the University of Lancaster looking at legal responses to football ‘hooliganism’. When I submitted my thesis in 1999 a job came up to teach football and law on the MBA (Football Industries) programme at the University of Liverpool.
7) What do you get out of it?
It’s an incredibly rewarding job for someone who loves football. It’s great to see the MBA(Football Industries) students progress and go to work in the football industry. Researching a topic I love is also intellectually stimulating and rewarding when my work can have an impact on improving the management of football fans attending matches.
8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
There are jobs out there in academia for those wanting to focus on football or sport. If you can get taken on to study a PhD in this area, and are able to publish on the subject, it’s a rewarding and stimulating career choice.
9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
I would probably have been more ambitious earlier on in my academic career in terms of publication and research funding. But then I wouldn’t have enjoyed the last 15 years quite so much!
10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Bryan Robson – best midfielder I’ve seen and an inspirational captain and leader.
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