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Rugby league in twentieth century Britain : a social and cultural history

Author: Tony Collins
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain uses a range of previously unexplored archival sources to investigate the lives of those who played, watched and ran the sport. It 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 for the first time the history of rugby union's long-running war against
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Collins
ISBN: 041539614X 9780415396141 0415396158 9780415396158 0203088352 9780203088357
OCLC Number: 62127773
Description: xi, 249 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the origins of rugby league --
Rugby league and the First World War --
League on the dole? : the game in the depression years --
Masters and servants : the professional player 1919-39 --
Wembley and the road from Wigan Pier --
Rugby league in the 'People's War' --
From boom to bust 1945-70 --
'Chess with muscles' : the rules of the game --
The kangaroo connection : Anglo-Australian rugby league --
'Sporting apartheid' : rugby union's war against rugby league --
The working-man's game : class, gender and race --
The other amateurs : beyond the heartlands --
From slump to super league 1975-1995 --
A proletariat at play.
Responsibility: Tony Collins.
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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  Read more...

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