‘More than an inconsequential weekly kick-around’: but what did it mean? Some reflections on recreational football in twentieth century England
29 Apr 2019, 17:30 to 29 Apr 2019, 19:30
Sport and Leisure History
IHR Past and Present Room, N202, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Dilwyn Porter, De Montfort University
Cultural and social historians, if they have reflected on football at all, have tended to focus on the elite game; what happened in and around stadiums, rather than what happened every weekend in the park, on the marshes and in other spaces devoted to public recreation. Yet as Ross McKibbin observed in Classes and Cultures, ‘football was played by more people more enthusiastically than any other game’. The intention is to explore ways in which club archives, local newspapers and other sources, including autobiographies and fiction, can help us connect with and reconfigure our understanding of ‘the people’s game’.
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