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Title:South African football tours at the turn of the twentieth century: amateurs, pioneers and profits
Author:Bolsmann, ChrisISNI
Periodical:African Historical Review
Geographic term:South Africa
social history
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17532523.2010.483810
Abstract:Academic and popular studies of South African sport generally reveal a bias towards cricket and rugby and this perpetuates the myth that these games are the most popular in South Africa. This in turn is often viewed through the lens of 'race' in which the simplifications of sport along racial lines occur. This paper argues that football was more important in South Africa among all South Africans in the late 19th and early 20th century than has been previously acknowledged. It reveals that not only was the game important and popular in South Africa but its teams and administrators played a significant role in globalizing the game during this period. Tours to and from South Africa were important politically, financially and for sporting reasons. Five ground-breaking football tours took place during a ten-year period (1897-1907) - three visits by an English touring team, the first overseas tour of a black South African team and a white representative team visit to South America - and these serve as the basis of discussion in this paper. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]