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Pay Up and Play the Game Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 by Professor Wray Vamplew
  

Pay Up and Play the Game Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914

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Pay Up and Play the Game Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 by Professor Wray Vamplew

Based on a vast range of club and association records, Pay Up and Play the Game, first published in 1988, presents a systematic economic analysis of the emergence of mass spectator sport during the years prior to World War I. It explores the tensions behind an increasingly commercialised activity that was nonetheless suffused with 'gentlemanly' values at many levels, and highlights the retreat of the latter as working-class consumption and participation became predominant, symbolised most dramatically by the celebrated victory of proletarian Blackburn Olympic over the Old Etonians in the FA Cup final of 1883. Wray Vamplew examines the linkages between sport, gambling, crime and spectator violence, and concludes that many supposedly 'recent' developments (notably football hooliganism) in fact have their origins in this, the 'Golden Age' of sport in Britain.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th December 2003

Author

Professor Wray Vamplew

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Industry & industrial studies
Sports & outdoor recreation

ISBN

9780521892308

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