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  • How Football Began

    A Global History of How the World's Football Codes Were Born

    By Tony Collins

    This ambitious and fascinating history considers why, in the space of sixty years between 1850 and 1910, football grew from a marginal and unorganised activity to become the dominant winter entertainment for millions of people around the world. The book explores how the world’s football codes -…

    Paperback – 2018-08-03

  • The Rugby World in the Professional Era

    Edited by John Nauright, Tony Collins

    Twenty years of professionalism has seen rugby union undergo dramatic transformations, from changes to everyday training cultures to the growth of the Rugby World Cup into one of the largest global sporting events. The Rugby World in the Professional Era is the first book to examine the…

    Hardback – 2017-02-09
    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • Encyclopedia of Traditional British Rural Sports

    Edited by Tony Collins, John Martin, Wray Vamplew

    Providing a social, economic and political study of field sports and those other activities and customs labelled as rural sports, from the earliest of times to the present day in all of the United Kingdom and Ireland.This book brings together several distinct types of traditional rural sports with…

    Paperback – 2013-10-29
    Routledge Sports Reference Series

  • Sport as History

    Essays in Honour of Wray Vamplew

    Edited by Tony Collins

    Published to mark the career of one of sports history’s pioneers, this book traces the evolution of sport across three continents. It brings together some of sports history’s leading scholars to investigate not only the history of sport but also how that history is written.  This Festschrift…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31

  • Sport in Capitalist Society

    A Short History

    By Tony Collins

    Why are the Olympic Games the driving force behind a clampdown on civil liberties? What makes sport an unwavering ally of nationalism and militarism? Is sport the new opiate of the masses? These and many other questions are answered in this new radical history of sport by leading historian of…

    Paperback – 2013-04-03

  • A Social History of English Rugby Union

    By Tony Collins

    From the myth of William Webb Ellis to the glory of the 2003 World Cup win, this book explores the social history of rugby union in England. Ever since Tom Brown’s Schooldays the sport has seen itself as the guardian of traditional English middle-class values. In this fascinating new history,…

    Hardback – 2009-01-13

  • Rugby's Great Split

    Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football, 2nd Edition

    By Tony Collins

    Since it’s first publication, Rugby’s Great Split has established itself as a classic in the field of sport history. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, this deeply researched and highly readable book traces the social, cultural and economic divisions that led, in 1895, to schism in the…

    Paperback – 2006-07-14

  • Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain

    A Social and Cultural History

    By Tony Collins

    Called ‘the greatest game of all’ by its supporters but often overlooked by the cultural mainstream, no sport is more identified with England’s northern working class than rugby league. This book traces the story of the sport from the Northern Union of the 1900s to the formation of the Super…

    Paperback – 2006-04-18

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