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How hard are you, according to your scarf?

Zoologist Desmond Morris started turning his knowledge of apes to human behaviour for academic books in the 1960s. In 1977, he became a director of Oxford United and by 1981 had written The Soccer Tribe.

The book is essentially a study of the behavioural patterns of football fans in the late-1970s as viewed through Morris’ zoological eyes.

Among the topics he discusses is the semiotics of scarf positioning; what fans are saying by the way they chose to wear their scarf.

Apparently, wearing your scarf around your wrist indicated ‘loyalty’ and ‘hardness’. Northern Soul-style Oxford bags and a denim jacket elevated you to a new level of hooliganism!

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