Underdogs by Keith Dewhurst
He Unlikely Story of Football's First Fa Cup Heroes

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...as with the game itself, this book rewards those who stick with it.


'Fancy! A lot of working chaps beating a lot of gentlemen' 1879, the third round of the FA Cup. A football team from the humble Lancashire cotton town of Darwen, take on Remnants - a Berkshire club of the moneyed and well-connected - and beat them. It is football's first ever giant killing. Their reward is a quarter-final with the mighty Old Etonians. It pitches rulers against ruled, rich against poor, champions against underdogs, old tactics against new, the inventors of the game against the upstarts. It is an encounter that is seen as symbolic and hidden at the heart of the encounter lies the bitterest controversy. Underdogs, is a fascinating story that covers the very birth of football and its development towards the game we recognize today. Storyteller, football connoisseur and historian, Keith Dewhurst, shows how 130 years ago, at its beginning, football was already reflecting the modern game closely - money talks, cheating abounds, and victory is secured whatever the cost.

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Keith Dewhurst has been a yarn tester in a cotton mill, a reporter for the Manchester Evening Chronicle, and a columnist for the Guardian. Six of his seventeen stage plays have been premiered at the National Theatre, and he is the author of more than twenty television plays, two novels, two movies and a theatrical memoir.
Published March 1, 2012 by Yellow Jersey. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors.
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Reviewed by John Crace on Mar 21 2012

...as with the game itself, this book rewards those who stick with it.

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