Sep 072017

Naked Eye is pleased to publish David Pendletons’s book Kick-off; The start of spectator sports as the first in its Potted Theses series.

“It is to be hoped that David Pendleton’s wonderfully readable and entertaining vision of a past which remains central to the way we still perceive ourselves, will become a staple of sporting history bookshelves.”
The Yorkshire Times

Kick-off charts and analyses the experience of Bradford in relation to the national development of sport in the modern city and how spectator sport, in particular, helped shape personal and civic identities in a bourgeoning industrial community. What took place in Bradford in the latter half of the nineteenth century was nothing less than a sporting industrial revolution, whose effects remain with us to this day.

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