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Football and Education: Kicking Bottles, Collecting Stickers and Kes

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A couple of weeks ago we started a blog writing about the history of football and education. Indeed, the final outcome was a tad misleading with stories only ranging from 1850 to 1930. It came to our attention that the history of the beautiful game and schools is far deeper than we first imagined. In this piece we are going to be looking at the Second World War and beyond as the game had to adapt to a changing world in every sense.

Last time, we noted that the relationship between football and education was closer than we ever thought possible. They do in fact share a tremendously similar background. At first, both were open to the upper class gentry. Football of course was developed in its codified form by public schoolboys. By the 1890s, the Labour party had been created, education had been made compulsory to all and football had succumbed to the 'disease' of professionalism. The working-class voice was being heard. 

So where to start? The Second World War. Children were thr…

Winter World Cups and Waterlogged Pitches: Football and the Weather

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If there is one thing we love to talk about - it's the weather. It can be wild and wet one day, clear and warm the next. It's constantly changing, a bit like football. The study of football has brought with it a wealth of stories and its history with the elements throws up a load more. In this piece we are going to dissect the peculiar relationship between the two, uncovering articles you might not have heard of and see how the natural world has affected the sport we know and love.




In September, we needn't worry about the weather too much. Pitches are in a good condition after the summer and temperatures are pleasant enough to play in. Fast forward to January and it will be a completely different story. The frustrations of postponements, waterlogged pitches and snow will dominate the news and media of smaller clubs all over the country. Why smaller clubs? It is no secret in the modern game that more and more of the teams playing in the top divisions of English football are…

Post War Reconstruction: Did Football Help?

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The Second World War is the darkest chapter in history. In a conflict which killed around 60 million people, life afterwards would be difficult and tumultuous to rebuild. Nations like Germany and USSR would require the most reconstruction as the effects of war were clear to see. However, closer to home, change was on the horizon as healthcare, economics and even sport were brought into the public eye more than ever before. In this piece we are going to examine the role football played in the early shaping of modern Britain.



Following Victory in Europe (VE Day), Britain began to turn its attention to matters closer to home. Despite mass celebrations, the nation had already begun to contemplate the rebuilding of its foundations. The May 1945 elections were expected to be a landslide for Winston Churchill's Tory party. After all, he had just led the country to military victory. Nevertheless, as a result of peace time, views began to sway towards social care and domestic change.

The S…

Women's Football History: Wales vs England

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It's already come to that point of the season where the first international break is upon us. It can be a strange period where many fans are frustrated due to the club football season coming to a halt just as it was starting. Growing up, there was no doubt, I too was also often annoyed, but since 2012 the emergence of my national team, Wales has actually provided excitement and interest. So why this piece? Easy, it is not just the men's game that has brought the Welsh - English rivalry to the masses. Indeed, on Friday the two rivals face off in one of Women's football's most anticipated clashes in years.


In the past, we've written about the history of both the English and Welsh national teams, but this week brings the two together into a true rivalry. Currently, England sit 4th in the world with Wales at an all-time high 29th. It is a testament to the two side's glorious World Cup qualifying campaigns so far. Both unbeaten, with only 1 goal conceded between the…

Football and Education: Class, Identity and the Dunce Hat

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It's our first piece in over a year, but this summer - The Football History Boys are back! The main reason for this absence is our jobs, both of which lie in education. My current class will often discuss football and the results of the weekend, showing the same engagement with the game as Gareth and I did. There is little doubt that education and football have a closer relationship than we might think. But how close? In this piece we will take a closer look at how the game first grew into the sport of schoolboys and girls across the nation. 


Let's start at the beginning - in 1863, the Football Association was born. Immediately we can see the impact education had on this formation 155 years ago through its founders - 11 public schools and clubs at a pub in London. Indeed, the playing of football had been common before this date only with a variety of rules dependent on which school you were at. This however does not explain how football had already conquered the schools in the …

#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 5-1

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To mark our 4th birthday, we have decided once more develop a list of the greatest players of all-time. In our infancy, we attempted to countdown the top 250 players through a public vote. However, over the past year a new poll was created gaining a far greater number of votes from almost 50 countries around the world! Alongside the public vote is a judging panel made up of:
@Benny_J and @GJ_Thomas from @TFHBs @Art_of_Football@MyFootballToday@GoaldenTimes@Dispenssoccer@BeautifulGame15Football has been pivotal to the last 100 years of history and players from all areas of the globe have become heroes, villains and even symbols of national identity in the process. Without further ado - here is The Football History Boys - Top 100.


5. Zinedine ZIDANE


D.O.B: 23.06.72

Place in #TFHB250: 1

Nation: France

Club(s): Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid

League Apps (Goals): 506 (95)

International: 108 (31)

Honours: 
UEFA Intertoto Cup x2; Serie A x2; Supercoppa Italiana; UEFA Super Cup x2; Intercontine…

#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 10-6

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To mark our 4th birthday, we have decided once more develop a list of the greatest players of all-time. In our infancy, we attempted to countdown the top 250 players through a public vote. However, over the past year a new poll was created gaining a far greater number of votes from almost 50 countries around the world! Alongside the public vote is a judging panel made up of:
@Benny_J and @GJ_Thomas from @TFHBs @Art_of_Football@MyFootballToday@GoaldenTimes@Dispenssoccer@BeautifulGame15Football has been pivotal to the last 100 years of history and players from all areas of the globe have become heroes, villains and even symbols of national identity in the process. Without further ado - here is The Football History Boys - Top 100.


10. RONALDINHO


D.O.B: 21.03.80

Place in #TFHB250: 18

Nation: Brazil

Club(s): Gremio; PSG; Barcelona; Milan; Flamengo; Atletico Mineiro; Queretaro; Fluminense

League Apps (Goals): 440 (167)

International: 97 (33)

Honours:
Campeonato Gaucho; Campeonato Carioca; Campeonato…