There are full-blown books at one end of the reading spectrum and small articles or blogs, usually on the Internet, at the other end. This potted history sits somewhere in the middle. The sole objective is to give the reader a taste for the subject. Hopefully, there are sufficient links within the text and information in the bibliography section to allow the reader to delve further if he or she is interested.
As there is already quite a lot of literature on the history of football, both in books and on the Internet, why have I bothered to add to the list? The only weak excuse that I can offer is that the desire to pen something on this subject betrays signs of my misspent youth!
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At 21K words (with images) it was somewhat sluggish to load the entire article as a single document. So, I have now divided it up into multiple pages:
- From early ball games through to the end of World War I
- The established game from 1919 to the present day
- Miscellaneous topics and addendum on Rugby Football in the 19th century
- Bibliography and further reading
- Version history
- To be done