Auteur: Hunter Davies
An illustrated history of football from then to now
We often think that footballers becoming household names, with their clothes and haircut and styles constantly commented on, began with David Beckham. That players being emotional began with Gazza. That players lending their names to commercial goods started with George Best. Or making millions from football merchandising began with World Cup Willie.
With most presentday Premiership footballers being able to become millionaires, we often assume that moaning about money and its effects, and how it is supposedly ruining our beautiful game, is a purely modem phenomenon. Women playing football, which you now see all the time, is surely new? Or black footballers — we never had them in the past. Or did we?
The history of football shows that almost all of these developments began at least a hundred years ago —although most conventional histories of football are more concerned with goals and league tables than the real, living, breathing story of football. Hunter Davies avoids repeating the dry statistics and annual goal averages and instead considers all the various social, cultural and economic aspects of football — as well as the real lives of players and fans.
He covers the history of all facets of football from the beginning right up to the present day — including the history of the ball and football equipment; the rules and regulations; famous players and managers; the rise of merchandising and sponsorship; football books, football programmes and football memorabilia. He charts the fans and supporters, the professional players and how they have all changed over the decades, traces the history of women playing football and the arrival of black players and foreign players. Hunter Davies has produced a unique and fascinating human history of football, finishing with a consideration of the state and stars of the game today.