Rugby League Twentieth Century Britain: A Social and Cultural History / Edition 1

Rugby League Twentieth Century Britain: A Social and Cultural History / Edition 1

by Tony Collins
     
 

Called ‘the greatest game of all’ by its supporters but often overlooked by the cultural mainstream, no sport is more identified with England’s northern working class than rugby league.

This book traces the story of the sport from the Northern Union of the 1900s to the formation of the Super League in the 1990s, through war, depression, boom

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Overview

Called ‘the greatest game of all’ by its supporters but often overlooked by the cultural mainstream, no sport is more identified with England’s northern working class than rugby league.

This book traces the story of the sport from the Northern Union of the 1900s to the formation of the Super League in the 1990s, through war, depression, boom and deindustrialisation, into a new economic and social age.

Using a range of previously unexplored archival sources, this extremely readable and deeply researched book considers the impact of two world wars, the significance of the game’s expansion to Australasia and the momentous decision to take rugby league to Wembley. It investigates the history of rugby union’s long-running war against league, and the sport’s troubled relationship with the national media.

Most importantly, this book sheds new light on issues of social class and working-class masculinity, regional identity and the profound impact of the decline of Britain’s traditional industries. For all those interested in the history of sport and working-class culture, this is essential reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415396141
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the origins of rugby league1
1Rugby league and the First World War10
2League on the dole? : the game in the depression years23
3Masters and servants : the professional player 1919-3943
4Wembley and the road from Wigan Pier56
5Rugby league in the 'people's war'74
6From boom to bust 1945-7087
7'Chess with muscles' : the rules of the game105
8The kangaroo connection : Anglo-Australian rugby league115
9'Sporting apartheid' : rugby union's war against rugby league130
10The working-man's game : class, gender and race141
11The other amateurs : beyond the heartlands162
12From slump to Super League 1975-95172
13A proletariat at play185

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