- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 802 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Desert Island eBooks (29 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0065L3E4M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #618,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Football's Twelve Apostles: The Making of the League 1886-1889 (Desert Island Football Histories) Kindle Edition
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This book begins at the fag end of 1886 and goes through to the start of the 1889/90 season. What's between is an exhaustive commentary on how the Football League came to be, with some surprises within. William McGregor, who initiated the proposal, suggested one team from each town but what team? Nottingham had three, as did Blackburn and Derby. Surprisingly, Everton was the last to be admitted because they had the largest attendances and the idea was to pool all the gate monies, although they were "not as powerful as the other clubs".
But why did it all happen? Basically, to give teams regular fixtures outside the F.A. Cup and friendlies (which were haphazard in their organization but competitive nonetheless ). Reading "Twelve Apostles" evokes sepia tinted images, not of the Corinthian attitude but one of a more physical nature. A goalkeeper was advised to: "when fisting out a ball, to strike an opposing forward on the nose; it is good fun" and "if an opponent tries to rush you...receive the rusher on the sole of your boot; this causes you more fun". The laws were different then!
Want to know what teams were rejected at the final meeting to decide who to include? How about which team headed the first league table, although strictly speaking there wasn't one? Why did the Football Association object? Why were teams from London and Scotland not considered? If you want to know the answers, you'll have to read the book. Superb!
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