The Victorians invented association football and most of our Christmas traditions, so what better Christmas gifts than Victorian football books?! We have five books to choose, including Savage Enthusiasm, our brand new history of football fans. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge's prize turkey, they are sure to delight any football-loving Bob Cratchit or Tiny Tim on Christmas morning. "God bless us, every one!"
Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans presents a complete history of football fandom, from the game's earliest days right through to the modern era. How did football become the world’s most popular spectator sport, and why did it become the undisputed game of the people? If you are a football fan, this book is about you.
“An excellent read, rich in anecdotes and explanation” – Game of the People
The Victorian Football Miscellany is packed with trivia, facts and anecdotes from football’s earliest years. Delve into an absorbing world of ox-bladder balls, baggy-kneed knickerbockers and outstanding moustaches, and read remarkable tales of the first ever cup final, the invention of the shinpad, the evolution of dribbling, the first own goal and a seemingly-invincible penalty-taking elephant.
"One of the greatest books ever written about football since Charlie Buchan put down his pen! Absolutely spectacular, mesmerising." - Danny Baker
Goal-Post: Victorian Football Vols 1 and 2 is a two-part anthology of Victorian football writing, containing first-hand accounts of the birth and development of the world’s greatest game, written by those who were there to witness it. Highlights include CW Alcock on playing football, Montague Shearman on the history of the game, and CB Fry on football versus cricket.
"Beautifully written material." – When Saturday Comes
"An anthology of some of the very best football writing from that gas-lit era of Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper." - Sports Journalists' Association
Limited stock direct from the publisher. Get more details here.
All With Smiling Faces is our first club-specific book, a Victorian and Edwardian history of Newcastle United, covering the club's first 30 years, from foundation in 1881 to FA Cup triumph in 1910.
"Ladies of Tyneside, a perfect Xmas gift for your fella is the book 'All With Smiling Faces' by Paul Brown. I loved it! NUFC + history = :)" - Ant McPartlin, Ant & Dec
"A fantastic new book which charts the club's early years and meteoric rise in the Victorian and Edwardian eras." - Newcastle Chronicle
How did we become football fans? Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans is the brand new book from Goal Post's Paul Brown, tracing the remarkable evolution of the fan from the earliest origins of the game right through to the present day.
It's available from Amazon.co.uk at the sale price of £10 (
RRP £12.99), and from Amazon stores worldwide. There are also a limited number of signed copies available direct from the author - click here for details.