Ross Walker

Ross Walker

Ross comes from an international sporting background where he has been involved in various events. He currently teaches sport on The University of Edinburgh's undergraduate and postgraduate pathways.

Location Dundee, Scotland


  • @MaxLeeves Very true, Max! Teams such as Leeds and Nottingham Forrest among others were once at the top of English football while Aberdeen, Dundee and Dundee United also had their own glory days. As you said, history allows us to remember these moments and reflect upon them.

  • @AkuaAdepa You are not wrong, Akua! In many ways, the impact of covid revealed just how many football clubs and organisations are operating in the face of financial insecurity and how their business, economic and indeed as you indicated, their management strategies need to change. Whether these teams will actually learn their lesson is another story and...

  • @charlotter Absolutely, Charlotte! Not only is it a topic of conversation, but some might even say that it is a language in itself.

  • @RobertBarnsley This is actually really interesting, Robert! I must say that I do agree. A champion in that sense differs depending on each of their own respective circumstances and can only be measured appropriately based on not only their position within the overall football world, but the actual world. For example, smaller nations such as San Marino,...

  • @susanmillican Thank you for your constructive feedback, Susan! We are always looking for ways to improve the course and find out about everyones interests. With that being said, your comments and suggestions are much appreciated. On another note, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the course overall and am thankful that you took the time to join us. I wish...

  • @ClareJ You are most welcome, Clare! I hope you have enjoyed the course and wish you all the best with your future studies.

  • @RobertBarnsley An interesting idea there, Robert! Much of what you talk about is actually related to the English FA’s three year plan that they put in place just a few months ago. Please find attached the link below:

  • @susanmillican What a terrific story, Susan! Although, it is never to let to take up football within any capacity…

    Development initiatives are funded by a range of stakeholders. It all depends on various factors such as the nature of the programme, where it is or what the desired outcomes are for example. In some circumstances, football clubs and...

  • @ClareJ Absolutely, Claire! Football is a great tool to provide a opening into accessing avenues where few other aspects of the social, cultural and economic world can. After all, as you said, it is an international language and a universal pillar of connectivity. Using football as a gateway to enter negotiations, countries and even communities can win...

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek You are very welcome, Tanya! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the course and have been able to take away some new information. If you ever decide to continue your football education, then you know where we are and how to find us. I wish you all the best with your future studies.

  • @GraceIyanuOluwaTowobola Welcome to Football: More than a Game, Grace! I hope you enjoy the course and will share your thoughts and experiences with us as you progress through it.

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek Glad to see that you are still with us, Tanya! Despite week 6 being the final week in terms of content, the course will stay active for a further three weeks after this week concludes. So, if there is an element of overlap, by all means take your time, Football: More than a Game is not going anywhere anytime soon and neither are we!...

  • @VictorManuelMartinezNavarro Absolutely, Victor! I am glad to see that the pandemic has not crush your spirits to which I congratulate you on your recent coaching successes and wish you all the best with your university studies. Football has indeed been an escape for many during the pandemic. It has also been a major resolution for people post lockdown in...

  • @JohnGalbraith Thank you for joining us, John! I am glad to hear than you enjoyed the course and even more pleased that you have been able to take away some new information from the course. Hopefully you will consider joining us again in the future.

  • @JoseRio-Rios I could not agree with you more, I am the exact same and thoroughly enjoy hearing peoples perspectives and stories about football from around the world. On that note, I will look forward to our conversations in the future!

  • @JessicaHull Glad to see that you are enjoying yourself, Jessica!

  • Just a reminder that the course will stay active for another three weeks after week 6 concludes. Please feel free to continue to work through the materials at your own pace, to come back and reuse the information or to join us in the comment section.

  • @JoseRio-Rios You are very welcome, Jose! Thank you for your kind words and joining us on another run of Football: More than a Game. Hopefully this will not be the last time!

  • @EdmoreKurehwatira Thank you, Edmore! I hope that you enjoyed the course and that you will consider joining us again another time.

  • @JohnCope Thank you for taking the time to join us and for your kind words, John! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the course and hope that you will consider making a return again in the future.

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek Absolultely, Tanya! Thank you for sharing these sources. The sad reality of many of these situations and stories is that they do not get the limelight and proliferation that they deserve. Among the larger percentage of football followers, such efforts simply bipass or fail to pierce the public consciousness or have the resonating impact...

  • @JohnGalbraith That is very much a reality. It is also a decision in which teams will have to accept the consequences of their actions for if all else fails, especially as they will have not learned their lesson and reverted back into football’s old management mindset rather than embracing modernity by prioritising short-term results over the potential...

  • @JohnGalbraith beneficial investments, especially for lower league clubs who need said finance, what we must remember is that the football landscape that we all knew before covid arrived is no longer the one that exists at present, nor is it the one that exists in the future. Due to that, the game itself must adapt. However, these strategies successfulness is...

  • @JohnGalbraith Very true, John! The covid context does indeed pose issues for corporate/organisational navigation through such circumstances. However, what covid has revealed is just how many football clubs are and have been functioning in a state of operational insecurity. For that exact reason, many would argue that these business models are outdated and...

  • @RatanSil I am glad you are enjoying the course, Ratan!

  • @VictorManuelMartinezNavarro i agree, Victor - they should be better supported! I was in fact the recent Competition Manager for the inaugural Four Nations event which took place this past September in Edinburgh. The competition is normally streamed online, however owing to the nature of the organisation, it is made more accessible through websites such as...

  • @EdmoreKurehwatira What is the current football landscape like for women, Edmore?

  • @ClareJ Absolutely, Clare! Going by the progress in the game so far, the 2023 Women’s World Cup should be a great competition.

  • @FrederickLam Only time will tell, Frederick, but you could very well be right! What the Spotify sponsorship also reflects is the continual modernisation of football through the ongoing alignment and embracement of emerging global trends.

  • @TraceyJ Given this international, cultural and ethic spread of the game, would you say that the essence of football in its truest and most natural form can be argued to be somewhat of a language in itself?

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek I must say that I do agree with you here, Tanja. There are absolutely many champions to which it also comes down to not only how each club defines the term champion, but also how they perceive and view what constitutes being a champion. For example, in Scottish football, being a champion in the eyes of Celtic and Rangers is about...

  • @EdmoreKurehwatira What a terrific story, Edmore! This is so nice to hear, thank you for sharing it with us. You are absolutely right, the feeling of giving back to the community is unrivalled in many ways. I wish you and the academy you are involved with all the best and hope that you continue this great work.

  • @FrederickLam Terrific answer, Frederick! You are absolutely right, one thing that history provides above all else compared to other avenues of the game is a constant cycle of learning from different multifaceted angles so as you rightly alluded to, the game can continue to evolve and be improved.

  • @ClareJ Hopefully many more will continue to appear and grow in the future too!

  • @TraceyJ A very interesting insight into football or should I say soccer in the USA. It is quite fascinating to see how the sport has manifested and developed in different parts of the world and how it has become affiliated with certain demographics and social groups such as the “soccer moms” as you referred to.

    While soccer may never replace American...

  • @EdmoreKurehwatira Not only is that global, but you can quite literally see the love and passion people have for the game.

  • @JessicaHull Thats great to hear, Jessica! Thank you for your contributions so far, just like everyone else’s, I have enjoyed reading your comments.

  • @KhaledAhmad The match between England and the USA during the same competition in the qualifiers was also a significant moment

  • @KhaledAhmad Absolutely! Although, what is important to remember is that the three factors you mention in history, economy and technology are all very much interlinked and to a large extent determine each other’s outcomes, especially technologies impact on football’s economics and vice versa.

  • @JessicaHull Glad to hear that you are enjoying yourself, Jessica!

  • Welcome, Nijal! Glad you could join us.

  • @JonathanPeterAustin Hi Jonathon, what an interesting background! Hopefully you will share with us your experiences and thoughts as you progress through the course.

  • @SydMuller football truly is more than a game after all

  • @DenisseA Espero que disfrutes del curso, Denissee! Siéntase libre de unirse a nosotros en la sección de comentarios, sus opiniones y preguntas siempre son bienvenidas.

  • @EdmoreKurehwatira Here’s hoping that the current situation continues to improve!

  • Thank you, everyone! Your contributions, as well as everyone else’s on the course, are much appreciated and truly valued.

  • Some great contributions in this section. Keep up the good work everyone!

  • Some great discussions going on here.

  • You are absolutely right, Iain! There is a lot to respect. Life has changed, football has changed and it is about time that our attitudes change as well.

  • A terrific insight into football in Zimbabwe, Edmore! Thank you for your contribution. How does the current landscape of Zimbabwean football look nowadays?

  • This would be a very fascinating case study, Frederick! I wish you well in your endeavours.

  • Welcome, Bello! I hope you enjoy the course and will continue to join us in the comments section.

  • This is very interesting, Victor! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Great work this week everyone! Now onto week 4 which looks at the World Cup. For anyone who is not yet at this stage, there is no rush. The course will remain live for a number of weeks after summation. So, by all means progress at your own pace and most importantly, enjoy the course.

  • Welcome, Frederick!

  • Another Aussie-Scot currently ploughing his trade in the UK is Lyndon Dykes. After starting his career with various Australian teams, Dykes moved to Scotland to continue his journey with Queen of the South and then Livingston before joining QPR in the English Championship. After being called up by the Scotland national team in 2020, Dykes has become a fan...

  • Thank you for this insight into football in Argentina, Sofia. It is always great to hear about the game we love in different parts of the world, especially when there are so many commonalities brought about by the sport despite differential factors such as culture, distance, language and many more!

  • Thank you, Clare. Keep up the great work!

  • @JohnCope Fascinating isn’t it, John! This then begs the question of whether the notion of community has changed with time to the point that can a community be considered international or even global? Does that then mean that teams which are super rich have a greater responsibility to communities worldwide and not just the ones in their own jurisdiction?

  • Absolutely, John! Super rich clubs such as say Manchester United still have in place organisations like the Manchester United Foundation which uses football to engage and inspire young people towards a better life and unite the communities of which they live. However, the question would be whether this intentionality has the same level of meaning to an...

  • Exactly, John! As you said, “the very identities of local communities”. What a great way to some it up, especially for teams that do not quite have the global reach or international presence as the Manchester United’s and Barcelona’s of the world or in the case of Dundee/Dundee United, who’s glory days on the continental stage appear to be behind them.

  • One specific example of why football is good for the community can be seen with Motherwell F.C. As we emerge from a global pandemic, one issue which has drastically risen is mental health. Motherwell were one of the first professional clubs to carry a message regarding mental health on their strips and has also made a strong commitment to help those in their...

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek Hopefully by the end of the course we will be able to change that!

  • Ajax has in fact produced a lot of great youth talent over the decades. Some very reputable graduates include Johan Cruijff, Frank Rijkaard, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank/Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and many more!

  • Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself, Victor! Keep up the great work!

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    Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, the big derby is between Dundee F.C. (blue) and Dundee United F.C. (orange). While the rivalry holds significance domestically like many intra-city matchups, these two hold international significance because until 2009, they were known for being world footballs closest neighbours. Situated just 0.2 miles a part on the same...

  • Great to see everyone fully engaging with the materials as well as each other this week. There has been some excellent observations and points made by all involved. Let’s keep this momentum going into the coming weeks!

    For anyone who is following the course but is yet to join us in the comment section, you are more than welcome to contribute at any point....

  • I could not agree with you more, Jose! It is great to see everyone coming together more and more with each day whilst exchanging experiences and opinions.

    Let’s keep up the great work everyone - thank you for your contributions so far, they are what makes Football: More than a Game the enjoyable and welcoming course that it is!

  • Welcome, Khiry! Just take your time and progress through the course at your own pace. Feel free to share your thoughts with us as you go.

  • Some great contributions here everyone, remember to reflect upon them as we progress through the weeks as many of which are intertwined with what we will discuss.

  • Hi Iain, some great observations here! While they are all important, I must say that I am particularly interested by your comment surrounding the research into health. This is an aspect of the game which does not get as much recognition as it should. With the amount of health related incidents occurring at the moment, such as Christian Erikson collapsing on...

  • Welcome, John! I hope you enjoy the course.

  • A great point! Not only does the history matter as a reflection of what is occurring in the broader scope of society, but it also reflects the society in which it occurs whereby those involved reveal significant elements about themselves, their culture or civilisation

  • Thank you for sharing the above and below links, Tanja! For anyone looking to learn more about women’s experiences in the game, they are an interesting insight.

  • Hi Susan, welcome to Football: More than a Game! You will be glad to know that women’s football is one of the main focuses that we will come across in week 4. I hope you enjoy the course!

  • A great start to the discussion so far. What is great about history and is important to remember as we move through the content of each week, is how far football has come, from where it was to where it is today. As touched on by the previous comments, history is thus a tool for measuring progress among many other possibilities.