Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain

Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain

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Called a€˜the greatest game of alla€™ by its supporters but often overlooked by the cultural mainstream, no sport is more identified with Englanda€™s northern working class than rugby league. This book traces the story of the sport from the Northern Union of the 1900s to the formation of the Super League in the 1990s, through war, depression, boom and deindustrialisation, into a new economic and social age. Using a range of previously unexplored archival sources, this extremely readable and deeply researched book considers the impact of two world wars, the significance of the gamea€™s expansion to Australasia and the momentous decision to take rugby league to Wembley. It investigates the history of rugby uniona€™s long-running war against league, and the sporta€™s troubled relationship with the national media. Most importantly, this book sheds new light on issues of social class and working-class masculinity, regional identity and the profound impact of the decline of Britaina€™s traditional industries. For all those interested in the history of sport and working-class culture, this is essential reading.Article 16 of the British Amateur Rugby League Associationa#39;s Constitution, Huddersfield, 1973. For the IRFBa#39;s regulations of the same period, see the RFUa#39;s Handbook 1974a€“75, London, 1974, pp. 222a€“33. 15 16 17 18 Geoffrey Moorhouse, Aanbsp;...

Title:Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain
Author:Tony Collins
Publisher:Routledge - 2006-09-27


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