1st Edition

Match Fixing and Sport Historical Perspectives

Edited By Mike Huggins, Rob Hess Copyright 2020
    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    Match-Fixing and Sport studies match-fixing in historical perspective, revealing how match-fixing has always been a major sporting continuity, alongside another longstanding continuity, a widely-held belief in a mythical recent past of pristine purity.

    The volume begins with a brief overview of match-fixing’s global contemporary contexts, the broad range of sports where it now surfaces, increased recognition of its moral, social, and economic threat, and the varied responses of leading sports organizations, legal gambling operators, police forces, governmental departments, and regulators. The following chapters explore the challenges of finding any reliable evidence of match-fixing in the past. An overview shows that match-fixing has been a major and substantial longstanding historical continuity in sport, usually but not always is linked to gambling and sporting materialism. Examples are brought forward to show that it could be found in Ancient Greece and Egypt and was widespread across the early modern and modern periods around the globe. Overall, the volume assists scholars by suggesting some key questions which a future agenda for the historical study of match-fixing might address.

    Revealing how high-stakes betting, dishonest dealings and suspicious performances can be found throughout history, Match-Fixing and Sport will be of great interest to scholars of Sport History and Sport Ethics. This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

    1. Match-Fixing: A Historical Perspective

    Mike Huggins

    2. Tanking, Shirking, and Running Dead: The Role of Economics and Large Data Sets in Identifying Competition Corruption and its Causes

    Wray Vamplew

    3. Match-Fixing in Cornish Wrestling during the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

    Michael Tripp

    4. ‘Playing Dead’ and Killing Off Amateurism: Bribery Scandals, Illegal Player Payments, Rule Expunging, and the Victorian Football League’s Authorization of Professionalism in 1911

    Tony Joel, Mathew Turner, and Col Hutchinson

    5. The Perils of Blowing the Whistle: Match-Fixing in Scotland and Australia, 1920s to 2015

    Roy Hay

    6. ‘The Whole of Poland Saw It, and You Gentlemen are Blind’: Match-Fixing in Polish Football – A Case Study from 1993

    Christopher Lash

    7. Manipulation in Athletics: Historical and Contemporary Ties between On- and Off-Field Corruption in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

    JÖrg Krieger

    8. Match-Fixing in Polish Football: Historical Perspectives and Sociological Interpretations

    Wojciech Wozniak

    9. The 2012 Olympic Badminton Scandal: Match-Fixing, Code of Conduct Documents, and Women’s Sport

    Kelsey Blair

    10. Not All ‘the Evils of Capitalism’: Match-Fixing and the Governance of Chinese Professional Football, 1994–2016

    Fuhua Huang, Wenyan Xiao, and Huijie Zhang


    Mike Huggins is an Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cumbria and is also the President of the European Committee for Sports History.

    Rob Hess is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the College of Sport and Exercise Science and the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.