Why did Victorians flock to watch 22 men kicking a pig's bladder about? Episode 45 of The Blizzard Podcast presents the story of the origins of the football supporter, The birth of the fan, from 2014's issue 12.
"In Episode Forty Five we revisit Paul Brown’s ‘The Birth of the Fan’ from Issue Thirteen, which looks back at historical sources to review the birth of football fandom itself. While our modern proclivities have been passed down from father or grandfather, there was a time when no such familial link existed. From the early 'mob' games between local villages, through the founding of the first works’ teams and the formation of professional football, the role played by the supporter changed as rapidly as the game itself."
Listen to or download episode 45 of The Blizzard Podcast
Read the full article in Issue Twelve of The Blizzard.
How did we become football fans? Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans is the brand new book from Goal Post's Paul Brown, tracing the remarkable evolution of the fan from the earliest origins of the game right through to the present day.
It's available from Amazon.co.uk at the sale price of £10 (
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