Soccer in Munster: A Social History, 1877-1937
This book charts soccer's development in Munster from its earliest days as a game played by an elite few to a game of the everyman. Along the way, it explores the ups and downs pf the sport as it was played amid war, revolution and class conflict. David Toms guides us through soccer's journey in Munster from a field in Mallow in the 1870s to the glamour and excitement of cup finals in front of crowds of thousands by the end of the 1930s. Along the way we encounter the emergence of modern sporting culture where sport is as much entertainment as exercise.
Publication Year: Hardback May 2015
Size: 234 x 156
This book review appeared in Stylus: Trade, Academic, and Professional Books - Fall 2015, book catalogue. For more information about, and to place an order of "Soccer in Munster: A Social History, 1877-1937,” please check Stylus/Cork University Press website.
PS: Currently Ottawa has a professional soccer club, Ottawa Fury Football Club. The captain of the club is an Irishman, Richie Ryan from County Tipperary, one of the defenceman is another Irishman, Colin Falvey from County Cork. Ottawa Fury, in their 2nd year of existence clinched the Fall Championship Trophy in late October 2015.
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