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Living in a Sectarian Maelstrom: A Christian Professional Football Player’s Perspective


To paraphrase Samuel Johnson in 1751 (Boswell, 1992), every man intrinsically seeks to establish an identity that discriminates him from other mortals and by which others are persuaded to love him or compelled to fear him. This paper explores the distinctive Christian identity of the professional football player Marvin Andrews within the context of Scottish football. This case study of Andrews is based on a series of interviews with the author. It seeks fi rst to analyze Andrews’s personal perceptions as a practicing Christian, and second to provide a historical and social background to the issue of sectarianism.