The Victorian Football Miscellany

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Superelastic, May 29, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 182 pages
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 The Victorian Football Miscellany is a quirky and fascinating collection of trivia, facts and anecdotes from football’s earliest years. Delve into an absorbing world of ox-bladder balls, baggy-kneed knickerbockers and outstanding moustaches, and read remarkable tales of the first ever cup final, the invention of the shinpad, the evolution of dribbling, the first own goal and a seemingly-invincible penalty-taking elephant. Other entries cover the foundation of the Football Association, the development of the Laws of the Game and the origins of football’s most popular clubs. Packed with stories, profiles and lists, this is an indispensable guide to the colourful and unusual world of 19th century football.

 

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
45
Section 3
51
Section 4
91
Section 5
107
Section 6
137
Section 7
153
Section 8
161
Section 9
167
Section 10
171
Section 11
177
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Paul Brown is a writer from the North East of England. He writes primarily about football, and has written for FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes, The Guardian and many other publications and websites.

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