My new book, The Victorian Football Miscellany, is now available. It’s the culmination of many (hundreds of) hours’ worth of trawling through the archives to find interesting, amusing and eye-opening stories from the earliest days of football. The book contains more than 200 entries, which, although by definition miscellaneous, should add up to provide a pretty thorough history of Victorian football. From the jacket:
“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 stories, profiles and lists, this is an indispensable guide to the colourful and unusual world of 19th century football.”
You can get more details and order the book here: The Victorian Football Miscellany.