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“Scottish Football - Reminiscences and Sketches” is a 1890 work by David William Bone. It contains an account of significant Scottish football teams, matches, managers, and more from the late nineteenth century, as well as general information about the contemporary state of the game and its history. Highly recommended for those with an interest in Scottish football and its humble beginnings. Contents include: “Football: Ancient And Modern”, “The Football Wave”, “A 'Sweep For The Cup'; Or, How Pate Brown Kept His Engagement”, “Famous Association Players—Past And Present”, “The Pioneers Of Association Football In Scotland; Or, 'The Conqueror's Football Boots'”, “How Clubs Were Started Long Ago”, etc. David Drummond Bone (1841–1911) was a prominent newspaper publisher in Glasgow. Macha Press is publishing this classic work now in a new edition complete with the original text and artwork for a new generation of football lovers.

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Date de parution 26 mai 2020
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SCOTTISH FOOTBALL
REMINISCENCES AND SKETCHES
By
D. D. BONE

First published in 1890



Copyright © 2020 Macha Press
This edition is published by Macha Press, an imprint of Read & Co.
This book is copyright and may not be reproduced or copied in any way without the express permission of the publisher in writing.
British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.
Read & Co. is part of Read Books Ltd. For more information visit www.readandcobooks.co.uk


Contents
A History of Football
PREFACE
I FOOTBALL: ANCIEN T AND MODERN
II THE F OOTBALL WAVE
III A "SWEEP FOR THE CUP"OR, HOW PATE BROWN KEPT HI S ENGAGEMENT
IV FAMOUS ASSOCIATION PLAYERS—PAST AND PRESENT
V THE PIONEERS OF ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL IN SCOTLAND; OR, "THE CONQUEROR'S FOO TBALL BOOTS"
VI HOW CLUBS WERE STAR TED LONG AGO
VII THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL; OR, NED DU NCAN'S DREAM
VIII THE PATRONS, SPECTATORS, AND POP ULAR PLAYERS
IX A DREAM OF THE PAST
X THE DUEL NEAR THE FOOTBALL FIELD, AND THE CAUSE OF IT
XI THE FINAL TIE FOR THE ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE CUP—1889-90




A History of Football
Football has an incredibly long and varied history. Various forms have been identified throughout times-past, as early as the second century in China. However the modern game as today's fans would recognise it, was officially codified in 1863 , in London.
According to FIFA the competitive game cuju was the earliest form of football. It is evidenced in the form of an exercise in a military manual from the third and second centuries BCE. This was a Chinese manual compiled by Zhan Guo Ce, and the game literally translates as ‘kick ball.’ It originally involved kicking a leather ball through a small hole in a piece of silk cloth, which was fixed on bamboo canes and hung about 9 metres above the ground. During the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 CE), cuju games were standardized and official rules were established.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans are known to have played many ball games, some of which involved the use of the feet. There are also a number of references to traditional, ancient, or prehistoric ball games, played by indigenous peoples in many different parts of the world. For example, in 1586, men from a ship commanded by an English explorer named John Davis, went ashore to play a form of football with Inuit people in Greenland. There are later accounts of an Inuit game played on ice, called Aqsaqtuk . Each match began with two teams facing each other in parallel lines, before attempting to kick the ball through the other team's line, and then at a goal. These games and others may well go far back int o antiquity.
Despite these early beginnings, the main sources of modern football codes appear to lie in western Europe, especially England. There, team football games were played in schools since at least 1581. England can also boast the earliest ever documented use word ‘football’ (1409) when King Henry IV of England issued a proclamation forbidding the levying of money for ‘foteball.’ In addition to this early evidence, there is also a Latin account from the end of the fifteenth century of football being played at Cawston, Nottinghamshire. This is the first written description of a ‘kicking game’, and the first description o f dribbling:
The game at which they had met for common recreation is called by some the foot-ball game. It is one in which young men, in country sport, propel a huge ball not by throwing it into the air but by striking it and rolling it along the ground, and that not with their hands but with their feet... kicking in opposite directions.
While football continued to be played in various forms throughout Britain, its public schools (known as private schools in other countries) are widely credited with three key achievements in the creation of modern football codes. First of all, the evidence suggests that they were important in taking football away from its ‘mob’ form and turning it into an organised team sport. Secondly, many early descriptions of football and references to it were recorded by people who had studied at these schools. And thirdly, it was teachers, students and former students from these schools who first codified football games, to enable matches to be played betw een schools.
The first set of football rules was drawn up at the University of Cambridge in 1848, and became particularly influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. Known as the 'Cambridge Rules', they were written at Trinity College, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Harrow, Shrewsbury, Rugby and Winchester schools, though they were not universa lly adopted.
Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to this codification. During the early 1860s, there were further and increasing attempts in England to unify and reconcile the various football games, especially in the industrial north, resulting in the ‘Sheffield Rules’ of 1857. In 1862, J. C. Thring, who had been one of the driving forces behind the original Cambridge Rules, was a master at Uppingham School and issued his own rules of what he called ‘The Simplest Game’ ( aka the Uppingham Rules). In early October 1863, a revised version of the Cambridge Rules was drawn up by a seven member committee, again with a distinguished membership representing former pupils of Eton, Harrow, Shrewsbury, Rugby, Marlborough and Westminster.
With all these different rules, there was great scope for confusion on the football field. As a result, one Ebenezer Cobb Morley, a solicitor from Hull, wrote to Bell's Life newspaper in 1863, proposing a governing body for football. Morley was to become the FA's first secretary (1863-66) and its second president (1867-74). He is also particularly remembered for drafting the first ‘Laws of the Game’ at his home in Barnes, London – that are today played the world over. For this, he is considered not just the father of the Football Association, but of Association Foot ball itself.
On 20th July 1871, C. W. Alcock, a gentleman from Sunderland and a former pupil of Harrow School proposed that ‘ a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the [Football] Association ’ an idea that gave birth to the competition. At the first FA Cup in 1872, the Wanderers (from London) and the Royal Engineers (an Army team) met in the final in front of 2,000 paying spectators. Despite the Royal Engineers being the heavy favourites, one of their players sustained a broken collar bone early on and since substitutions had not yet been introduced, the Engineers played a man down for the rest of the match – which they eventual ly lost 1-0.
During this period, the influence and power of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to spread all over the world. By the end of the nineteenth century however, distinct regional codes were already developing. These evolved into American football, Canadian football, rugby union and rugby league, which were often held in opposition to Association football, Australian rules football and Gaelic football, which made greater use of kicking rather than tackling. The need for a single body to oversee the worldwide game became apparent at the beginning of the twentieth century with the increasing popularity of international fixtures. This resulted in FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), an organisation founded by seven European countries in Paris, on 21 st May 1904.
Today, football is one of the most popular sports in the world, played all over the globe. The ‘beautiful game’ has truly stood the test of time; from the advent of ancient kicking games, through to the English uptake and codification of the sport in the nineteenth century – and through to the present day. It is hoped that the current reader enjoys this book on the subject.


PREFACE
In bringing my first edition of Football Reminiscences and Sketches before the public, I do so with a sense of profound regard for the game and its players, and heartfelt gratitude to numerous friends—some of whom, alas! are no more—for advice and assistance. If my readers consider it worthy of one who has devoted a quarter of a century in attaining that experience necessary to criticise the players of the dead past and those of the living present with fidelity, I will have gained something to be remembered, and be amply repaid for what I have done to assist the spread of the Association game in Scotland. Many of my sketches, under different names, have already appeared in various journals, including the Daily and Weekly Mail , Bell's Life in London , and the "Scottish Football Annual," but I have remodelled some of them very considerably, and indulge in the hope that they may while away an hour or so at the fireside of the Player and Spectator after a big Cup Tie or other intere sting match.
The Author


FOOTBALL REMINISCENCES
I
FOOTBALL: ANCIENT AND MODERN
"Then strip, lads and to it, though cold be the weather, And if, by mischance you should happen to fall, There are worse things in life than a tumble on heather, For life is itself but a game at Football."
— Sir Walter Scott
In Scotland, so closely associated with traditional lore, and the acknowledged birth-place of romance and patriotic song, it would be almost dangerous to incur displeasure by attempting to

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