Anglo-Turkish Society

Photo of the first football team of Trabzon, in 1921 as ‘İdmanocağı’.

John McManus’s talk, based on his doctoral thesis and forthcoming book, concerning the history and culture of football in Turkey. This was based on one chapter of the book, investigating the history of Trabzon as a footballing city. From the game’s origins among expatriate and minority communities through to the position of Trabzonspor now as a symbol for Trabzon, the Black Sea and Anatolia in general, it charts the ebb and flow of the city’s influence, and how this feeds into the football team and its supporters.