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King Charles III and Cricket

15th September 2022

We have been contemplating the huge job in front of King Charles III. We reminded ourselves what an able man he has shown himself to be over the years. Us being us, we looked to sport for the clues. We all know what a great polo player and general equestrian he was. We’ve seen him […]

England’s Lionesses in the Women’s Euros 2022: How far women’s football has come!

21st July 2022

How proud would these pioneers of women’s football from 1918 be to see England’s Lionesses perform in the Women’s Euros 2022?! When this Scottish women’s team played in 2018, they would have rightly believed they had already come far. Despite attempts to set up and build up women’s football in the nineteenth century, it was […]

Was he in or was he out? Ted Dexter in 1968

4th November 2021

Football History

Football History

This category covers football history in general or with a wider sweep than that of the history of individual football clubs. One of the first mentions of football is by Thomas Elyot in his book, 'Beastly Fury', originally published in 1531. He said, 'Footballe is nothinge but beastlie furie'...before going on to write a whole book about the sport: obviously a little more to football than he first thought! There is a fantastic range of football books concentrating on the history of the sport, such as the Football Association volumes, which chronicle football laws and regulations, profiles and contributions from football commentators over the years. There are football books that focus on the history of iconic football organisations and venues, such as UEFA, Scottish Football and Wembley. It's worth burrowing around in this section - there are some great football history gems. A book, not particularly old, but which must be a great contender for 'Best/Most Obvious Title' of football book must be, 'The Ball is round.(A Global History of Football)'.

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