What a result! DMU football expert to teach history of football course featuring Leicester City's title win


It will make the perfect Christmas present for the Foxes fan who thought they had everything - and possibly help win a few pub arguments after a game.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and the University of Leicester have joined forces with LCFC to run an on-line course studying the history of football, with a focus on City’s incredible title-winning season.


The people of Leicester celebrate the Foxes winning the Premier League title

DMU football historian Dr Neil Carter, from the university’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture, and fellow expert John Williams, of the University of Leicester, are authors of the three week course.

The course is free to sign up to but, for £32, football fans can have unlimited access to the course notes, so that they can constantly refer back to them, as well as a certificate of achievement once the course is completed.


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Each week, students will be given 20 different ‘steps’ to work through, covering the history of football, where LCFC fits into that history, and then look at the year City won the Premier League.

DMU already has close ties with Leicester City and is the club’s Official Education Partner, offering students incredible opportunities to experience the workings of a Premier League club.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Carter, who has written books and papers on football for several years and and has written numerous articles for the history section in the LCFC programme, said: “We hope to attract a global audience to the course.

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DMU's Leicester City fans celebrate Premier League glory in 2016

“Leicester City winning the Premier League is arguably the biggest story in English football on-the-pitch since the national team won the World Cup in 1966. Even now it seems difficult to register that Leicester actually won the Premier League, especially in light of the changes that have taken place in football over recent decades. So Leicester City are worthy of their place in football history and worthy of an area of study on this course.

“This course will not only give you an insight into the history and development of football but also ask questions about the current state of the game and look at possible future developments in terms of its global reach and commercialisation. You will also gain a broader and more in-depth understanding of City’s history. I think people who sign up will really enjoy it.”

The course notes say: “This short course will explore the sociology and history of football, with a focus on Leicester City FC and their successful 2015/16 season.

“We’ll explore the origins of football, from early clubs to professional leagues and European competition; the role of the media and formation of the Premier League; and how LCFC rose from 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League Champions.”

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DMU football expert Dr Neil Carter

It says by the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Summarise key points in the history of football, from its roots to the Premier League

  • Evaluate the role football plays in society, from fans to local and international communities

  • Debate economic influences and motivations in modern football

  • Discuss the current state of football, and its role in society

To register for a place on the course, which starts on 29 January 2018, go to https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/football-lcfc


Posted on Thursday 14th December 2017

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