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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
Bibliography Index

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

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