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Four Histories about Early Dutch Football, 1910-1920

Four Histories about Early Dutch Football, 1910-1920 OPEN ACCESS

Nicholas Piercey
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition: 1
Published by: UCL Press
Pages: 228
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    Four Histories about Early Dutch Football, 1910-1920
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    What is the purpose of history today, and how can sporting research help us understand the world around us? In this stimulating book, Nicholas Piercey constructs four new histories of early Dutch football, exploring urban change, club members, the media, and the diaries of Cornelis Johannes Karel van Aalst, a stadium director, to propose practical examples of how history can become an important democratic tool for the 21st century. Using early Dutch football as a field for experimental thinking about the past, the four histories offer new insights into the lives, interests and passions of those connected to the sport in the 1910s and the cities they lived in. How did the First World War impact on Dutch football? Were new stadia a form of social control? Is the spread of the beautiful game really a good thing? And why was one of the sport’s most prominent figures more concerned with potatoes? These stories of early Dutch football suggest how vital sport and history can be in shaping our lives, perceptions and actions, and why we need to challenge the influence they have today.

    eISBN: 978-1-910634-79-0
    Subjects: History
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  1. I remember being interested in Dutch football from a young age. The first football match I can remember watching was the Italia 1990 World Cup match between England and the Netherlands – although saying I remember ‘watching’ it is a little inaccurate. To be honest, until I looked up the score, while writing this, I could not remember who had won (actually it was a draw) or who had played for either team. But the match has stuck in my mind, partly because of the vibrant orange shirts of the Dutch team, which, I suppose, for a six-year-old, were particularly attractive...

  2. Rotterdam has changed a lot since my first visit there in 2007. In the five years since I lived in the Netherlands, when I would make the regular trip to the city on the banks of the Maas (often to watch Feyenoord), the numerous hoardings and scaffolds in various parts of the city have come down and been replaced by gleaming new structures. The station, which I remember as a crowded, hectic combination of container boxes, workmen, metal fences and signs promising a new building, has transformed into a new spacious structure, an impressive new entrance to the city for...

  3. What is the difference between history and fiction? As Southgate notes, the two have often been seen as ‘mutually exclusive opposites. From the earliest times, historians have defined their subject by direct reference to its absolute distinction from fiction: history is history precisely because it is not fiction, but aspires rather to supplant fiction withfact.’¹ Around the borders of the historical ‘true’, a secure fence seems to have been erected to ensure that any of the pesky creativity of ‘fiction’ does not infiltrate or cheapen the product of the historian’s research. De Certeau noted this practice in historiography when...

  4. The link today between the media and sport is very close. The growth of television and the internet, in addition to print media, coupled with a range of financial incentives, business opportunities and markets, has made the dissemination of sport an enormous international business. In the Netherlands, a dedicated sport channel provides access to the two professional Dutch leagues, as well as many from across Europe. Outside the Netherlands, theEredivisieis broadcast across the world. Sport and, in particular, football, has never been so easily accessible around the globe or as intrusive into daily life; advertisements, endorsements and sponsorship...

  5. This history is about the link between form and content, about how constraints and influences external to the past, in sources, intentions and ambitions, shape and construct how the past is represented. It is a history about how the act of writing, of constructing and of remembering is an essential part of the production of history and how this changes what is produced.

    I remember that this history was born not from considerations about thecontentbut from whatformI wanted the history to take. Before embarking on the research for this history, which was the last one I...

  6. Epilogue (pp. 172-176)

    I returned to the Netherlands in January 2016 to carry out some final checks on what I had written in these histories, to take photos and, for one last time in connection with this work, to visit theKBand theNAwhich were such an important part of my research. The windy passage between the station and the building has changed; it no longer seems so windy, perhaps due to the new taller buildings, or my own state of mind. As I walked into the familiar locker rooms of theKBand towards the media room, where I spent...

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