Football and the Decline of Britain
In the wake of the Bradford and Brussels football disasters in 1985, football in England was subjected to detailed scrutiny and criticism. This book examines the alleged roots of those violent incidents, and locate the problems afflicting the national game within the context of social and economic changes.
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Whatever Happened to the Peoples Game?
Part One People on the Inside
Clubs and Managers
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