Formation of clubs
in The emergence of footballing cultures
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This chapter considers the establishment of multiple clubs across the conurbation at a time when Manchester had emerged as a modern, essentially metropolitan city, with a relatively compact city borough surrounded by a ring, stretching some twelve miles from the centre, containing a complex polycentric mix of districts and towns. The city’s influence stretched some distance beyond its boundary. Manchester’s footballing community had grown by 1878 but was still somewhat smaller than its rugby equivalent, but within a decade the profusion of so many soccer clubs in the east Manchester area aided the establishment of viable fixture lists for multiple clubs. This period saw the development of the clubs and a viable community, but competition remained too flexible.

The emergence of footballing cultures

Manchester, 1840–1919

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