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Pay Up and Play the Game : Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 - Professor Wray Vamplew

Pay Up and Play the Game

Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1989
ISBN: 9780521355971
Number Of Pages: 416

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Based on a vast range of club and association records, Pay Up and Play the Game presents the first systematic economic analysis of the emergence of mass spectator sport during the years prior to World War I. It explores the tensions behind an increasingly commercialised activity that was nonetheless suffused with 'gentlemanly' values at many levels, and highlights the retreat of the latter as working-class consumption and participation became predominant, symbolised most dramatically by the celebrated victory of proletarian Blackburn Olympic over the Old Etonians in the FA Cup final of 1883. Wray Vamplew examines the linkages between sport, gambling, crime and spectator violence, and concludes that many supposedly 'recent' developments (notably football hooliganism) in fact have their origins in this, the 'Golden Age' of sport in Britain.

Is money the root of all evil? A historical appreciation of commercialisation in sports
Comments on the state of play: economic historians and sports historylPart II
Popular recreation before the industrial revolution
Sporting activities and economic change, 1750-1830
The precursors of commercialised sport, 1830-75
The rise of professional gate-money sport, 1875-1914
From sports spectator to sports consumerlPart III
Profits or premierships?
All for one and one for all
Paying the piper: shareholders and directors
Winning at any cost?lPart IV
The struggle for recognition
Earnings and opportunities
Close of play
Not playing the game: unionism and strikes
Labour aristocrats or wage slaves?lPart V
Ungentlemany conduct
The madding crowdlPart VI
An industrial revolution in sport
Shareholders and shareholdings in Scottish and English sport
Regulations defining amateurism and professionalism in British sports
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ISBN: 9780521355971
ISBN-10: 0521355974
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th January 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.78

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