Online Talk: Glasgow: The Home of Modern World Football

Wednesday 16th March 2022 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

Most football fans suffer under the delusion that England invented football. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ged O’Brien will use the Sulman Map to look at a small pocket of Glasgow: around the Green, the Old College and the Barracks. As the City grew beyond this popular district, football advanced across the globe. The Combination Game was spread by players christened ‘Scotch Professors’, in recognition of their extraordinary skills. Their gifts arose from a Scottish communitarian and scientific culture. Football was brought to perfection in the brilliance of the Glasgow of the late nineteenth century.

Ged O’Brien is the founder of the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. He is the discoverer of Andrew Watson: the world’s most influential player of colour. He is the author of ‘Played in Glasgow’ and is currently writing ‘The Scottish Game: How Scotland invented Modern World Football’.

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