This reference work aims to provide sports enthusiasts, journalists, librarians, students and scholars with an authorative source of information on a comprehensive range of subjects covering the history and organization of football in Britain. Over 250 entries focus on key organisations or individuals, famous clubs, major competitions, events, venues and incidents, institutions and organisations as well as key issues such as gender, racism, commercialization, professionalism and drugs, alcohol and football. Additionally entries on football as reflected in drama, film, literature, paintings and other arts are also included. The aim has been to provide a reasonably comprehensive overview of British football, past and present. The "Encyclopedia of British Football" has been written by a team of over 50 experts in the field of sport from administrators and managers through fans, armchair enthusiasts, journalists and PE teachers to academic researchers and sports scientists.
'Unlike its predecessors, this Encyclopedia of British Football is not a listing of tables and results, or biographical descriptions of its stars, but an in-depth examination of the many different facets of the game from the anthropology of football to youth training schemes. Nowhere before, to my knowledge, has anyone tackled such a diverse array of topics including comic characters and crowd control, drama and drugs, law and literature, mascots and medals all within the same covers.' Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive, Professional Footballers' Association