Geoff read the LL.B at Lancaster University, graduating in 1995. He then went on to complete a PhD titled 'Legal Responses to Football Crowd Disorder' at the same institution and was awarded his doctorate in 1999. He moved to the University of Liverpool and was Director of Studies of their MBA (Football Industries) until 2015 when he joined the Law School at the University of Manchester as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law.
Geoff is currently the Programme Director for the LLB Law with Criminology Programme at Manchester. He is also co-institutional lead for the N8 Policing Research Partnership and NW DTP lead on Fieldwork.
He has published extensively in the areas of football fan behaviour, 'hooliganism' and football crowd policing, police powers and discretion, ethnography, and sports law.