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Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, University of Manchester

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 was a lecturer at the Football Research Unit and then the Management School at the University of Liverpool 1999-2014 before joining the Law School at the University of Manchester as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law in 2015.

Geoff is Academic Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership, having previously been Programme Director for the LLB Law with Criminology Programme at Manchester (2016-2020) and the MBA (Football Industries) at the University of Liverpool (2003-2014)

He has published extensively in the areas of football fan behaviour, 'hooliganism' and football crowd policing, police powers and discretion, ethnography, and sports law.


  • 2015–present
    Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, The University of Manchester


  • 1999 
    University of Lancaster, Phd (Law)
  • 1995 
    University of Lancaster, LLB (Laws)


  • 2020
    Police Street Powers and Criminal Justice (with Mike Rowe),
  • 2016
    Legal Responses to Football Hooliganism in Europe (with A Tsoukala and P Coenen, eds),
  • 2012
    An Ethnography of English Football Fans,
  • 2007
    Football Hooliganism (with Clifford Stott),