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Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football
Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football (Hardback)
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'Footeballe is nothinge but beastlie furie and extreme violence', wrote Thomas Elyot in 1531. Nearly five hundred years later, the game may still seem furious and violent, but it has also become the most popular sport on the planet. This is the story of how the modern, professional, spectator sport of football was born in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century. It's a tale of testosterone-filled public schoolboys, eccentric mill-owners and bolshy miners, and of why we play football the way we do. Who invented heading? Why do we have an offside law? And why are foreigners so much better than us at the game we invented? Based on exhaustive research, Beastly Fury picks apart the complex processes which forged the modern game, turning accepted wisdom on its head. It's a story which is strangely familiar - of grasping players, corrupt clubs and autocratic officials. It's a tale of brutality, but at times too, of surprising artistry. Above all it's a story of how football, uniquely among the sports of that era, became what it is today - the people's game.

Sport & Hobbies >> Sports & outdoor recreation >> Football or Soccer incl Association football Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 04/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9780593059708  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Association football is now a sport and an industry assimilated into every culture on the planet, but it was once a typically Victorian English institution of rules and rectitude. Beastly Fury maps the C19 birth of what became the global game through the English class system and growing urbanisation of the nation. There is also a chapter on the early years of women's football. - Sean.

Royal Festival Hall Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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