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HISTORY OF FOOTBALL
You must be aware of: What people did for leisure in early 19th C. What early football was like.
Cockfighting Cockfighting was popular with gamblers because it was difficult to ‘fix’ the fights by doping. It was banned in England in 1835
Bear-baiting Bear-baiting with dogs was banned in 1835.
Bull-baiting Bull-baiting was also banned in the 1835 Cruelty to Animals Act.
Horse Racing A day at the races was a great entertainment. Most people went to the sideshows such as fighting rings, markets and of course races.
Public Executions Every Monday up to 10,000 people watched executions in London.
Cricket Cricket was already a nationwide game by 1815. It was often rough and violent!
Theatre and the Opera Were popular among the middle and upper classes. Cheap performances were set up, but the working class preferred music-halls with rude songs and lots of drink!
The biggest entertainment was… ALCOHOL The 1700s had seen huge drink problems, mainly because of cheap and available gin.
Early football “a devilish pastime – more a bloody murdering practice than a sport”
Medieval football Football of course dates back to the Middle Ages. It was a violent ‘game’ played between rival villages on Shrove Tuesdays. It was frowned upon by the authorities. They wanted people to be ready for wars.
Football – the Public Schools Football was played in Public Schools. Each school had its own rules. This is ‘prince’ Harry playing Eton football.
Modern Football Football was taken to the masses by ex-public school boys, as they went off to own and manage factories and mines. But working men could not play as they couldn’t afford to miss work.