Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football

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Bantam, 2009 - Soccer - 308 pages
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FOOTBALL (SOCCER, ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL). The myth is that football is a British game. The truth is that football has existed wherever people have eaten animals and discovered that, at the end of their meal, they were left with a bladder which, useless as it seemed, was great fun to blow up and kick around. What was invented in Britain was the modern, professional, spectator sport. "Beastly Fury" is the story of how it happened. From the chaos and violence of early folk football, killed off by the twin forces of puritanism and the industrial revolution, to the remarkably similar public school football that kept the sport alive, Richard Sanders traces the history and the colorful personalities that abounded in the game as it moved from riot to a system of rules. A fascinating social history, "Beastly Fury" is a must for football fans and anyone who ever wondered how the beautiful game became the people's game and went on to take over the world.

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This is a concise history of the game of association football in Great Britain from its origins to World War I. Sanders makes it clear that he's out to bust some popular misconceptions of football's ... Read full review

Contents

the Battle for Supremacy
173
A Most Unfeminine Exhibition
197
Professional
215
Copyright

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Richard Sanders is a writer and award-winning documentary maker, whose films include Katrina: The Hurricane That Shamed America, the multi award-winning Escobar's Own Goal, on the murder of Colombian footballer Andres Escobar following the 1994 World Cup, and Maradona: Kicking the Habit, in which he took on El Diego at his own game. He is also the author of If A Pirate I Must Be... : The True Story of Bartholomew Roberts, King of the Caribbean.

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