roytonboy. I have recently started going to football again after the disaster which has befallen my wretched local club and my daft promise to support them until they get back into the league, fool that I am. Anyway this has caused me to dig out the large box of 70s programmes that I had put away and I have started to sort them out and to buy the ones I need to complete the collection ( only from games that I attended ). Reading these programmes is a walk down memory lane and not just the football,even my GF has been looking through some ( after offering to take them to the tip mind you) and taking an interest in the adverts,prices and details for travel on coaches and special trains.
In some are pictures of our fans mostly wearing baggy jeans and Doc Martens and with long hair ( boot boy style),I think that I agree with Eds seamless transition description,a gradual change from skinhead through sudehead and then smoothie/boot boy perhaps.
That's certainly how I see it, particularly with regard to football fans. In terms of style, it is a seamless transition from mod to skinhead, through suedehead. I think (as already stated) by 1972 many other influences started to have an impact and this then moved many from that culture (which to me also includes soul music, scooters and sharp dressing with an eye to detail) to a more generalised teenage look. Naturally, this was a gradual process and certain threads could still be seen. (Doc Martens, for instance, were worn right through the 70s and beyond) It could be argued that the Slade image owed much to the look of the terraces (indeed, almost a caricature) and Gary Glitter's records were very football chant-esque. Add in influences like 'A clockwork Orange' and 'Budgie' and you start to get a bit of a mish mash of images. Taken to it's extreme, the look of the Bay City Rollers has some of these influences. (In late 1971 some turned their Harringtons inside out and wore them as tartan jackets - tartan became wearable years before the 'Rollers' came along- they merely jumped on that fact and took it to ridiculous lengths.)
cerneabbas - Yes, I did think of you on the final day of last season when I saw that your club had dropped out of the Football League. WTF has gone on there?!?