Fathers of Football book review

Britain did not invent football, as Sepp Blatter would no doubt remind, but it did knock it into shape, drawing up rules, forming clubs, organising competitions, and sending the association version out into the world. British migrants, travelling with Laws of the Game pamphlets and deflated leather casers in their suitcases, became football missionaries, teaching and inspiring new converts, and sowing the seeds for what would become an international obsession. In his book Fathers of Football, Keith Baker profiles several of these pioneers of the world game, many of whom remain relatively unknown in their home country.

Read the full review in issue 341 of When Saturday Comes or on the WSC website.

Published by Paul Brown

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