Soccer's Missing Men: Schoolteachers and the Spread of Association Football

1st Edition

J.A. Mangan, Colm Hickey

Routledge
Published October 8, 2015
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415850698 - CAT# Y151200
Series: Sport in the Global Society

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Summary

Now unknown or forgotten, influential schoolmasters took the game of association football to many parts of England. They had several roles: they brought the game to individual schools, they established regional and national leagues and associations, and they founded professional football clubs. They also exported the game around the world, working as moral missionaries, passionate players and energetic entrepreneurs. The role of teachers in association football is a much neglected aspect of English cultural history. It is a story that deserves to be told because it allows a fundamental reappraisal of the status and position of these teachers in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century society.

This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal Soccer and Society.

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