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Where did football come from? How did it get to be so popular? And why can't we, across the English-speaking world, even agree on what the word 'football' means?

'A Devilish Pastime' – whose title comes from a 16th-century Puritan pamphlet that denounced the game as sinful – begins by looking at the football-like games of the distant past. It goes on to trace football's evo
Kindle Edition, 441 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Graham Hughes (first published October 12th 2009)
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“A Devilish Pastime: A History of Football in All Its Forms” by Graham Hughes


Football (American), Football (Canadian), Football (Australian) Soccer, Rugby, Gaelic, History, Professional, College, Amateur.


April 24, 2012


441 pages


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When a sports fan hears the word “football”, different images come to mind depending on where that person lives and which games he or she follows. This book on the history of all types of “football” wil
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Author of the ebook A Devilish Pastime, a history of the various forms of football (originally published in print as A Develyshe Pastime, SportsBooks, 2009). Has also contributed articles to When Saturday Comes, and various websites including and

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