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A History of Football in 100 Objects by Gavin Mortimer

A History of Football in 100 Objects

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The remarkable stories of 100 football artefacts that have shaped the game as we know it. From the inaugural red card to the ubiquitous mock Tudor mansion, each of the objects selected gives us an intimate glimpse of an unexpected truth behind footie mythology - and together they relate the larger history of the world's biggest and most-loved sport.

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Gavin Mortimer entertains with his diverting views of a great game through key objects in its history. And by using these key objects he is able to recount a history of how this sport began and the strange and meandering progress it made to prominence today.

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A History of Football in 100 Objects by Gavin Mortimer

What does a grapefruit have in common with a pair of GBP500 sunglasses? They've both played a pivotal role in football history. Following on from Neil MacGregor's groundbreaking The History of the World in 100 Objects, Bill Mann provides a quirky and unique take on the beautiful game told through its defining objects. A History of Football in 100 Objects begins on the momentous day in October 1863 when several men in frock coats formed the Football Association. Ever since, the sport has continually evolved - and created new ways to thrill and infuriate its billions of followers along the way. If you've ever wanted to know when footballers started to feign injury, why an old sock helped Pele become a global legend or how a draper's letter changed football, you'll find the answer in this fascinating history of invention, ingenuity, indiscipline - and sometimes inebriation.


Written with wit, warmth and an incredible amount of research * Four Four Two * Beautiful ... tells the story of our national game through the often obscure things that have shaped it * Sun * Extremely clever, quirky, and deliciously funny * Gazette * A richly original account of the game's past, present and future -- Mark Perryman * Morning Star * A quirky and unique take on the beautiful game * Yorkshire Post * Great fun * Bookseller *

About the Author

Gavin Mortimer

Gavin Mortimer, who lives in Paris, is an award-winning writer, and journalist. He is the football correspondent for the Week magazine and also writes for the Sunday Telegraph, BBC History Magazine, and Rugby World.

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Publication date

22nd May 2014


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224 pages


Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
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Football (Soccer, Association football)
History of sport



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