The makers of association football
- Tony Mason
Association Football and the Men who Made It was published in four sumptuous volumes in 1905–6. It is now a very collectable item which you would do well to buy for less than £500. The authors, Alfred Gibson and William Pickford, were two football insiders who celebrated the game which others had labelled a mania but they recognized as one of the wonders of modern times. The book was dedicated 'to all who loved the game' and was intended as 'a monument for the men who have made it'. It was a celebration of all football, the recreational as well as the spectacular, amateurs and professionals, those who looked on and those who played. By 1906 football, like the cinematograph and the motor car, was part of the fabric of modern life. How had it reached this state so quickly?...