Football Nation: Sixty Years of the Beautiful Game

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A&C Black, Aug 1, 2010 - Soccer - 448 pages
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This volume provides a rich portrait of English football from the end of the Second World War to the present.
 

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Intriguing group of essays about English football from the end of the Second World War to present day. Not just for the fan, but also of interest to people who like to study social culture and get beyond the surfaces of a nation. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
PART
5
Introduction to Part One
7
Dont Mention the War The State of Football in 1946
9
Surely Theyd Fainted The Bolton Disaster
16
Abide With Me The First Postwar FA Cup Final 2 5
46
Shine a Light on Stanley The Coming of Floodlights
54
On the Road Travelling on the Team Bus
61
Introduction to Part Four
201
Task Force England Fans at the 1982 World Cup Finals
210
Chesters Sixaside Team Footballs Economic Crises
218
Fire and Rain Bradford and Birmingham 11 May 1985
226
Corrupt to the Point of Murder The Heysel Stadium Disaster
235
What Studs Will it Take? Tales from the Dressingroom
243
Members Only The Luton Town Scheme 19867
252
Introduction to Part Five
269

PART
69
Introduction to Part Two
71
If This Is Death The Munich Air Disaster 1958
73
On the Production Line Football and Factories in Oxford
82
A Bit of a Flutter Doing the Football Pools
89
Mr Football Joe Richards as Football League President 9 5
103
Football and the Sabbath
105
Introduction to Part Three
137
The Referee Said Play on Leeds United v West Brom 1971
148
Mum They Havent Got Tails The Rise of an AfricanCaribbean
155
Never in My Life Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest 1974
162
2I Dont Call Us Well Call You Scouting for Players
171
If You Think Youre Hard Enough The Reasons for Terrace Unrest
184
Dodgy Knees Groin Strains and Metatarsals
192
Dont Trust the Press International Players and the Media
280
A Whole New Ball Game The Formation of the
290
Looking After the Locals Football Goes into the Community
298
The Tutorial Making Football Sexy
328
Introduction to Part Six
339
Cup of Tea Ref? Long Live the Referee
351
Franchise FC Wimbledons Move to Milton Keynes
358
An AZ of the New Professional Game
365
Football and Englishness Outsiders and Insiders
374
Appendix
385
List of Illustrations 3 97
397
Authors Note and Acknowledgements
421
Football Yeah Yeah Yeah The Coming ofKop Choirs no 15 Wembley 1966 and After What Englands World Cup Win Did for Womens Football 118
434
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Andrew Ward is a freelance writer. His football books include Kicking and Screaming (with Rogan Taylor), Football Strangest Matches, Ward's Soccerpedia and Barnsley: A Study in Football, 1953-59 (with Ian Alister). He lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire. ..John Williams is an academic researcher and lecturer in the sociology of sport at the University of Leicester. He has pioneered football research since his studies of hooliganism in the late-1970s and has written twelve books on football and fan culture, the most recent being The Miracle of Istanbul (with Stephen Hopkins) and Groove Armada: Benitez, Anfield and the New Spanish Fury (with Ramon Llopis). He lives in Leicester.

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