Goal-Post: Victorian Football Vol 1

Edited by Paul Brown
Paperback, ISBN 978095622703

‘A wonderful journey of discovery’ – Football Book Reviews

Goal-Post is a new collection of Victorian football writing, containing first-hand accounts of the birth and development of the world’s greatest game, written by those who were there to witness it. The book highlights some of the players, officials, clubs and matches that helped shape and define the game, and provides a flavour of what it must have been like to have enjoyed football in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Highlights include: CW Alcock on football tactics; Interviews with England captains Tinsley Lindley and GO Smith; Montague Shearman’s history of football; Frank Brettell and the making of Tottenham Hotspur; Calcio, or football in Italy by Helen Zimmern; Henry Leach on life as a travelling football reporter; and much more.

For more information see the Goal Post Books website.

‘A wonderful journey of discovery, allowing the reader an insight into the birth and growth of football through those who were there in its formative years. If you are looking for a thought provoking read and a different perspective on the Beautiful Game, then this anthology is for you’ – Football Book Reviews

‘An anthology of some of the very best football writing from that gas-lit era of Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper. This collection of contemporary articles and extracts covers the birth and development of the game, many written by its first paid observers. It is a brilliant idea, thoughtfully executed.’ – Sports Journalists’ Association

‘There has been a recent growth of interest in Victorian football, possibly because, as the editor here speculates, we ‘have grown weary of certain aspects of modern football [and] will no doubt have much to admire in the Victorian game… Beautifully written material.’ – When Saturday Comes

As featured, with an extract from Goal-Post by Henry Leach, in issue seven of The Blizzard

When Saturday Comes and The Blizzard

Product details

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780956227034
Size: 203x127mm
Pages: 236
Published: 2012
Publisher: Goal-Post, Superelastic
Price: £8.99