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Just Why Do We Love Football? A Historical Perspective

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In September I started my PGCE course with the view of qualifying to become a primary school teacher. In fact, it was one of our 'P.E.' training days which inspired this piece. During a workshop on the subject a great deal of the learning was done with footballs and volleyballs in order to generate an idea of what could be done which each apparatus - throwing, catching and of course kicking. Within a few minutes a fair number of the students, myself included, were doing keep-ups, passing and shooting into an imaginary goal, leaving one coursemate a little baffled - she asked me, "why do people love football so much!?" - which got me thinking...why indeed?

Over the last three years since we set up The Football History Boys - Gareth and I seemed to have each focused on specific eras of the game's illustrious past, with the Victorian era being one of certain intrigue. So this is where we begin, with the games origins - did people love it from the start? The simple a…

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…

#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 15-11

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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.


15. EUSEBIO


D.O.B: 25.01.42

Place in #TFHB250: 8

Nation: Portugal

Club(s): C.D. Maxaquene, Benfica, Boston Minutemen, Monterrey, Toronto Metros-Croatia, Beira-Mar, Las Vagas Quicksilvers, Uniao de Tomar, New Jersey Americans

League Apps (Goals): 431 (423)

International…