The Victorian Football Miscellany
By Paul Brown
Paperback, ISBN 9780956227058
The Victorian Football Miscellany is a quirky and fascinating collection of trivia, facts and anecdotes from football’s earliest years. Delve into an absorbing world of ox-bladder balls, baggy-kneed knickerbockers and outstanding moustaches, and read remarkable tales of the first ever cup final, the invention of the shinpad, the evolution of dribbling, the first own goal and a seemingly-invincible penalty-taking elephant.
Other entries cover the foundation of the Football Association, the development of the Laws of the Game and the origins of football’s most popular clubs. Packed with biographies, profiles and lists, this is an indispensable guide to the colourful and unusual world of 19th century football.
"One of the greatest books ever written about football since Charlie Buchan put down his pen! Absolutely spectacular, mesmerising." - Danny Baker, BBC Radio 5 Live
"As the FA celebrates its 150th anniversary, this book is a cracking insight into those pioneering days; a veritable cornucopia of eclectic Victorian footballing splendour!" - Football Book Reviews
"Compiling hundreds of histories, oddities and match reports - bizarre rule changes, 19th century floodlight failures - it's all here. Four stars." - FourFourTwo, July 2013
"The colourful transitions the game went through to become the beast we know today are endlessly fascinating. This book doesn't set out to tell the story in dense, sober detail, opting instead to present itself as a hugely entertaining exercise in eavesdropping." - When Saturday Comes, August 2013
“Anton Rippon delights in discovering a cornucopia of sports miscellany.” - Sports Journalists' Association
The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 Live - a Victorian special "in honour of" the Victorian Football Miscellany. “Danny explores Victorian football, knickerbockers and moustaches with author Paul Brown.”
An extract from the interview was featured on BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week, selected by Sheila McClennon. You can listen to the clip here:
Baker & Kelly's VSPO, BT Sport - A Victorian football Christmas edition of the TV show featuring Miscellany author Paul Brown. "One of the greatest books ever written about football since Charlie Buchan put down his pen!"
A clip from the TV show is featured on the Daily Mirror website.
Published: June 2013
Publisher: Goal Post
Also available from Amazon.com and other online bookstores worldwide.
Out of print
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