FanDuel - WFBC

October 25, 2007

Belated birthday wishes: to football! Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world celebrated its 150th birthday yesterday. Meanwhile, the muscular Christians responsible for starting many of our clubs also deserve a bit of recognition. Who would have thunk it, from a sport which was popularised as result of attempts to keep scraggy arsed working class males from marmalising one another in pubs ............................to David Beckham.

posted by Fat Buddha to soccer at 05:38 PM - 5 comments

I know nothing about the history of the game, but this post gave me just a peek about the great heritage that must lie behind what most of the world considers the "only" sport. Thanks for finding this one, Fat Buddha.

posted by Howard_T at 06:21 PM on October 25

Thank god I'm a Red Devil! Sheffield FC's playing Inter?! Why aren't they playing Wednesday instead? You think the game would have caught on in the US had the goalposts remained without the crossbars? They won't have to play their brand of football, where only 2 players in the team can actually use their feet!

posted by georgieB at 06:50 PM on October 25

There's a terrific book about the sensual (yes, really) history of English football - "Those Feet" by David Winner. It explains how football was first organised by Victorian moralists to stop unclean practices. The whole of Chapter 2 is about masturbation.

posted by owlhouse at 08:41 PM on October 25

Well at least it's a step up from Roman gladiator games. Funny that it was intended to subdue the masses. Too bad they couldn't foresee the riots in the streets after a match.

posted by Tinman at 07:22 AM on October 26

It explains how football was first organised by Victorian moralists to stop unclean practices. Football and circumcision, eh?

posted by holden at 10:57 AM on October 26

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