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Beastly Fury

The Strange Birth Of British Football



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Beastly Fury by Richard Sanders
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The myth is that football is a British game. The truth is that football has existed wherever people have eaten animals and discovered that, at the end of their meal, they were left with a bladder which, useless as it seemed, was great fun to blow up and kick around. What was invented in Britain was the modern, professional, spectator sport. Beastly Fury is the story of how it happened. From the chaos and violence of early folk football, killed off by the twin forces of puritanism and the industrial revolution, to the remarkably similar public school football that kept the sport alive, Richard Sanders traces the history and the colourful personalities that abounded in the game as it moved from riot to a system of rules. He charts how the changing social fabric of Britain resulted in a shift of power from the south to the north, and how the working classes took control again of football. 31 March 1883 was the turning point for modern football. It was the last time a team of former public schoolboys wo

Author Biography

Richard Sanders is a writer and award-winning documentary maker, whose films include Katrina- The Hurricane That Shamed America, the multi award-winning Escobar's Own Goal, on the murder of Colombian footballer Andres Escobar following the 1994 World Cup, and Maradona- Kicking the Habit, in which he took on El Diego at his own game. He is also the author of If A Pirate I Must Be... - The True Story of Bartholomew Roberts, King of the Caribbean.
Release date Australia
June 4th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Bantam Press
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