By Graham Curry, Eric Dunning

ISBN-10: 1138828513

ISBN-13: 9781138828513

This publication offers a synthesis of the paintings on early soccer undertaken via the authors over the last 20 years. It explores facets of a figurational method of sociology to check the early improvement of soccer ideas within the center a part of the 19th century. The booklet assessments Dunning’s prestige competition speculation to contest Harvey’s view of football’s improvement which stresses an influential sub-culture outdoors the general public faculties. prestige contention re-states the primacy of those latter associations within the development of soccer and with out it the sport’s tale may stay skewed and unbalanced for destiny generations.

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They are thus bound to remain more or less plausible speculations, but there is no direct way of determining whether or not the idea of playing with a football originated from a fertility rite in which the ball symbolically represented the sun, the head of a sacrificial beast, both of these things, or, for that matter, neither of them or anything else. Indeed, there is no way of determining conclusively whether football had a ritual origin or not. However, the ritual speech of the Fool in the Haxey Hood ceremony does, we think, point in a sociologically plausible direction.

And since the records go back further in France than in England, he concluded that football must have originated in France and been brought to England by the invading Normans in and after 1066. If Jusserand is correct, it is more than a little ironic for he will have proved the French origins of what is widely regarded as having been an originally English sport. Our view is that Jusserand’s desire to prove the superiority of the French over the English probably helped to tilt him in the direction of this conclusion.

In a form of the game played on a grass-covered pitch rather than ‘in the cloisters’ – ‘there were a good many broken shins, for most of the fellows had iron tips to their very strong shoes and some freely boasted of giving more than they took’. Iron-tipped shoes were also used at Rugby where they were called ‘navvies’. e. a battleship. They were employed especially for purposes of ‘hacking’, the practice used for breaking up a scrimmage (Dunning and Sheard, 1979: 55–7; 2005: 47–9). The emergence of written rules and the early stages of the bifurcation of Association Football and Rugby During the 1830s and 1840s, at a point where the cultural marginalisation of folk football was beginning to reach its peak, newer forms of the game that were more appropriate to the emergent social conditions and correlative values of an urbanising and industrialising society in which state-formation and civilisation were correlatively advancing began to develop in the public schools.

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