Victorian Football

The story of how an early football journalist for The Northern Echo helped shape the modern game.

"The world of Victorian football writers is a fascinating one, as you’ll be aware if you’ve ever had cause to search through 19th-century newspaper archives for news of matches from the game’s formative years. These often anonymous individuals were occasionally afforded pen names, such as Goal-Post, Full-Back or Spectator. Through their columns, they added colour to the sports coverage in Britain’s many regional newspapers and cast a proto-pundit’s eye over the emerging game. These writers also played an important — and arguably vital — part in the development of football."

Read the full article in Issue Seven of The Blizzard.

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