The 2021-22 season will be the 30th season since the old First Division was replaced by the Premier League and English football has since developed into a truly global league in terms of players, managers, owners and supporters across the professional leagues.
The last three decades have seen a wide range of changes which affect player development and opportunities from Bosman in 1995 to more recent changes such as Financial Fair Play and the home-grown rules, all of which introduced against a backdrop of rising financial investment.
The 2000-01 Premier League season was the first where English players recorded fewer minutes of play than non-English players, but do supporters actually care where players come from? Is it important to have local lads in the first team in the modern game?
A team from Sheffield Hallam University, where I have had the pleasure of visiting, are researching the importance of developing local players and local identity in the English game from a supporter’s perspective for a publication to mark the 30th season.
They would like to get the opinions from supporters across all of the professional leagues about the importance of local players and local identity in modern football.
We encourage as many fans as possible, from all clubs, to take part in their online survey, taking around 3-5 minutes, which can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Hopefully, we will be able to share more details once the survey is complete and the team at Hallam finalise the publication.