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The History and Evolution of Football in Britain

Rugby School

Photo: World Rugby Museum

This seminar delivered by a sports historian from the World Rugby Museum will detail how a rural English pastime became three of the world’s most popular sports.

Association football, Rugby Union and Rugby League all have their roots in mob football that has been played on the streets and fields of Britain since, at least, the 9th Century.

This seminar will discuss how the industrial revolution and a generation of schoolchildren turned the ‘people’s game’ into a codified mass-spectator phenomenon.


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