In this playful, witty and highly original look at English soccer, David Winner, author of the acclaimed Brilliant Orange, journeys to the heart of an essential English pastime and sheds new light on the true nature of a rapidly changing game that was never really meant to be beautiful. With the same insightful eye he brought to his bestselling study of Dutch soccer, Winner shows how Victorian sexual anxiety underlies England's many World Cup failures. He reveals the connection between Roy Keane and a soldier who never lived but died in the Charge of the Light Brigade. And he demonstrates how thick mud and wet leather shaped the contours of the English soul.The popularity of the boysa#39; stories helps explain why football continued for so long to cleave to Victorian values which had vanished elsewhere in British ... One of the oddities of British juvenile fiction was a frenzied fondness for alliteration.
|Title||:||Those Feet: A Sensual History of English Football|
|Publisher||:||The Overlook Press - 2013-07-30|