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Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth Of British Football Hardcover – 4 Jun 2009
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"Love it or hate it, football is one of the most successful institutions ever spawned in these islands. The sheer speed with which a random blend of mud, testosterone and Anglo-Saxon eccentricity evolved into a world game, not to mention a multi-billion-pound industry, still has the power to set the pulse racing. It is a story that has been told many times, but Richard Sanders not only retells it with scholarly zeal, but gives it a new slant... His book is as much a social history as a sporting history, and all the better for it... Beastly Fury can be warmly recommended to anyone curious about the origins of the modern game" (Max Davidson Mail on Sunday)
"There is no shortage of football stories. It is one of the subtle triumphs of Richard Sanders's book that he brings another tale gently into the light. Beastly Fury is a bright, breezy account of the beginnings of football. Sanders kicks off with a rush and his pace rarely slackens but something of substance emerges. The author has a keen eye for the personal anecdote whether it be the eccentric goalkeeper or the club secretary who is consumed by ambition. But the significance of Beastly Fury is that it lays bare just how football was born, nurtured and grew on the back of class movements... succint but acute... engaging but quietly serious" (Hugh MacDonald Glasgow Herald)
"Well written and thoughtful... extremely good indeed" (Rod Liddle Sunday Times)
"Smooth, pacey prose... fascinating" (Alex Wade Times Literary Supplement)
"A bold and vivid history of football's disparate founding fathers" (Peter Watts Time Out)
The fascinating, funny and sometimes alarming tale of how a violent and chaotic folk game became modern football.See all Product description
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It covers corruption ( yes nothing new) autocratic owners (nothing new either) and how brutal the game was. It also covers some of the reason why English football is so tribal and helps to make you understand that.
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