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Fans for Diversity: England fans in Russia exhibition

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

A photography exhibition capturing England fans following the Three Lions across Russia during the 2018 World Cup will be launched in London this month.

The Fans for Diversity: England fans in Russia exhibition will showcase the work of photographer David Shaw, who spent the duration of this summer’s tournament capturing England fans supporting the national team.

Commissioned by the Fans for Diversity campaign, the exhibition is being run in conjunction with Free Lions, the England fanzine produced by the FSF’s Fans’ Embassy team, who provided support to England fans throughout the tournament.

David said: “This project documents not only the story and positive experience had by the England fans but it also celebrates diversity amongst the England support base.

“The images in this exhibition will hopefully encourage more people to come out to football across the country and celebrate what was a defining event for many England supporters.”

The exhibition will be taking place for one week at Bomb Factory Studios in Archway, London, beginning Friday 23rd November.

Fans for Diversity campaign manager Anwar Uddin said: “We held a similar exhibition after the Euros two years ago – and it was brilliant, so we wanted to replicate that for the World Cup.

“David’s captured the experience and atmosphere of the tournament superbly, there are some great photos which I’m sure people will really enjoy.

“There was a lot of apprehension about Russia and there’s always this stigma around England fans – but this exhibition shows the diversity and positivity.”

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball
  • SD Europe