A Crucible of Modern Sport: The Early Development of Football in Sheffield

History is very rarely clear cut, linear or precise and, although modern society has developed a seeming obsession with understanding origins and beginnings, uncovering the specific moment in time that a sporting pursuit was created is a near impossible task. Matthew Taylor has described how ‘determining a precise moment of origin for a sport is a difficult, some might say futile, endeavour’ and that ‘few sports were ‘born’ or ‘invented’ at a specific historical moment that can be clearly identified and accepted by all’. To see the rest of the review, click here.