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The Making of Professional Football in England, 1900-1939
The League reflected the society in which it emerged. Its ethos and policies were those of a nation which was becoming increasingly centralised, unified and democratic. Yet the men who ran professional football in England cast the game with a parochialism, an insularity and an arrogant sense of superiority which has persisted to the present day. The Leaguers is the first study to concentrate exclusively on the history of professional football and on the Football League as its governing body. Based on a wealth of new archival material from clubs, unions and footballs governing bodies, The Leaguers sets many of the controversial issues of the contemporary game the relations between wealthy and poorer clubs, the role of the media, the levels of players pay, the club versus country debate in a historical setting.