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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Beyond altruism: British football and charity, 1877-1914
Author(s): Kay, Joyce
Vamplew, Wray
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Keywords: Football
Victorian Britain
Sports Social aspects Great Britain History
Football Social aspects
Issue Date: May-2010
Date Deposited: 2-May-2011
Citation: Kay J & Vamplew W (2010) Beyond altruism: British football and charity, 1877-1914. Soccer and Society, 11 (3), pp. 181-197.
Abstract: Football charity matches and tournaments played a significant part in the development of the sport in Britain, overlapping the era of friendly games and the advent of competitive leagues. The football community prided itself on its contributions to charity, raising more money than any other sport before 1914, and stakeholders within the game – associations, clubs, players and patrons – gained considerable kudos for this perceived altruism. However, this paper will demonstrate that amounts donated, though welcome, were relatively minor sources of revenue for both institutions and individuals, and that the charity match became less important to clubs in a professional, and increasingly commercial, era.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14660971003619453
Rights: Published in Soccer & Society by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Soccer & Society, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2010, pp. 181 - 197. Soccer & Society is available online at:

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