The people’s game: professional football and working-class crowds in England, 1870-1914

Underdown, Marcus (2015) The people’s game: professional football and working-class crowds in England, 1870-1914. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation aims to investigate the relationship between the working classes and football in England in the period 1870-1914, with particular reference to industrial areas in the North and the Midlands. Its intention was to discover if during this period the working class were able to transform football from the years in which it was exclusively confined to middle and upper class gentleman.
    This dissertation has come to the conclusion that while the hierarchal positions in football remained in the hands of England’s elite classes, by 1914 the game was being played and spectated with a ‘win at all costs’ mentality. A concept that would not have been conceivable fifty years previously.
    To reach this conclusion, this project has presented relevant and prominent debates from numerous historians, which have been either supported or discredited by contemporary media sources. The use of primary sources has furthered the understanding of working-class influences in football. Such primary analysis provides a perspective from the football terraces and identifies the stands as the origin of ‘win at all costs’ approach.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 14:15
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 14:15

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