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How Football Began


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1. The Failure of the Football Association 2. Before the Beginning: Folk Football 3. The Gentleman's Game 4. Sheffield: Football Beyond the Metropolis 5. The End of the Universal Game 6. From the Classes to the Masses 7. Glasgow: Football Capital of the 19th Century 8. The Coming of Professionalism 9. Women and Football: Kicking against the Pricks 10. Rugby Football: A House Divided 11. Melbourne: A City and Its Football 12. Australian Rules and the Invention of Football Traditions 13. Ireland: Creating Gaelic Football 14. Football and Nationalism in Ireland and Beyond 15. American Football: The Old Game in the New World 16. Canadian Football: Between Scrum and Snapback 17. Rugby League Football: From People's Game to Proletarian Sport 18. The 1905-06 Football Crisis: North America 19. The 1905-06 Football Crisis: Rugby 20. Soccer: The Modern Game for the Modern World 21. The Global Game

About the Author

Tony Collins is Emeritus Professor of History in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, UK. His previous books include Rugby's Great Split, Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain, A Social History of English Rugby Union and The Oval World - each of which won the Lord Aberdare prize for sports history book of the year - as well as his global history Sport in Capitalist Society.


"The origins of football's many codes and their complex relationship to each other has been one of sporting history's great grey areas, dominated by hearsay and invention. No longer. Tony Collins' cool and illuminating How Football Began brings range, precision and sources to bear on the matter. As is often the case, the truths that emerge are infinitely more interesting than the myths they dispel." - David Goldblatt, Author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football and The Game of Our Lives

"Collins takes a fascinating look at the history, development, branching, and codification of football in all of its forms around the world, particularly in the late 19th century ... Because the connections between these sports has long been forgotten, Collins weaves a meticulous history of them devoid of myth and speculation. How Football Began charts today's remarkable global reach and the spectacle of football in all of its forms. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - B. D. Singleton, California State University San Bernardino, CHOICE May 2019

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