Association Football in Victorian England: A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900 by Philip Gibbons soon to be available at the wonderful BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Leicestershire: Upfront Publishing, 2002, Paperback.
2nd printing. [First Published: Minverva Press, 2001] Illustrated by way of: Appendices ; Black & White Photographs; Tables;
From the cover: Prior to the 1870s, Association Football tended to be enjoyed as a form of exercise at public schools or a game between friends in a local park. However, with the administrative skills of the likes of Charles Alcock, Francis Marindin, Arthur Kinnaird and William McGregor, the game grew to such an extent that it became an important part in the lives of both players and spectators as the century reached its end.
The history of the early clubs, international games, as well as the growth of the professional clubs, are all encompassed in this book, including the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester United and Liverpool, when they started out as struggling little clubs.
473 pages. Bibliography. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6″).