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Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football


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'Footeballe is nothinge but beastlie furie and extreme violence', wrote Thomas Elyot in 1531. Nearly five hundred years later, the game may still seem furious and violent, but it has also become the most popular sport on the planet. This is the story of how the modern, professional, spectator sport of football was born in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century. It's a tale of testosterone-filled public schoolboys, eccentric mill-owners and bolshy miners, and of why we play football the way we do. Who invented ...

Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth Of British Football 2010, Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group), London

ISBN-13: 9780553819359

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Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth Of British Football 2009, Bantam Press, London

ISBN-13: 9780593059708