216 pages | 9 B/W Illus.
This fascinating collection brings together leading football historians and sociologists from the UK, Germany, the USA and Australia to offer fresh perspectives on the early development of football (soccer), not only illuminating our understanding of the early history of the world’s most popular sport but also the importance of sport in our broader social and cultural history.
The book presents new evidence and fresh perspectives that will inform the robust debate that has been raging about the origins and early development of football. It addresses key issues at the centre of this debate, including the influence of former English public schoolboys, the development of football subcultures outside of prestige educational institutions, and the intersection and divergence of the various football codes around the world.
The Early Development of Football is an important resource for anyone working in the history of football or sport in general, football studies, or the sociology of sport. It is also a useful read for those interested in sport management and the development of sports organisations and rules.
1. Football Outside the Schools in the United States Before Codification
Brian D Bunk
2. The Beginnings of Football in Germany in the Light of Contemporary Sources
3. Researching the Origins and Early History of the Football Codes: A View from Down-Under
4. The Beginnings of Soccer in Melbourne: The Eternal Recurrence of the Game
5. The Emergence of Club Football in ‘The Potteries’: Bottle Kilns for Goalposts
Martyn Dean Cooke
6. A Review of Early Football in Lincolnshire: County Town, Market Towns and Grammar Schools
7. English Handball Sports in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Michael Freeman and Adrian Harvey
8. Football Grows Far and Wide in the North East: Development to 1890 and the Creation of the Northern League
9. Early Football in and around Shrewsbury: Soccer in the Sticks
10. Football in Winchester, in Town and College, before 1884: ‘Very Fast and Interesting to Look on at’
The Routledge Research in Sports History series presents leading research in the development and historical significance of modern sport through a collection of historiographical, regional and thematic studies which span a variety of periods, sports and geographical areas. Showcasing ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians, the series provides a crucial contribution to the wider study of sport and society.