This work uses original material from clubs and sporting organizations to illuminate the evolution of sporting activity nation-wide. It relates these documents to themes such as commercialism and club fortunes. It concludes by discussing the outlook for English sport.
"While he has researched the minute books of more than 120 English sports clubs, his masterful integration of the impact of social tensions, economic developments, government policies, and great historical developments upon sport makes his book stimulating."
Culture, Sport, Society: Vol. 2, No. 1
"In many important ways the book has considerable value."
Culture, Sport, Society, Vol 2, No 1
"A study which adds usefully to our stock of knowledge."
Contemporary British History, Vol 10, No 4, Winter 96
"Wigglesworth has made an important contribution with this book as he has fulfilled his stated aim of widening the perspective of sports history."
The Sports Historian, Vol 17, No 2
"A great strength of the book is that unlike so many studies of sport it considers the recreational as well as the first-class variants of sport.