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Print - The National Football Song

The National Football Song

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Myers, L, born 19 (authors)
    Wills, C. A., born 19 (composers)
    Mills, J.A., born 19 (publisher)
    Banks, Harry G. (lithographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper, ink

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:

    S.3131-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Printed illustrated music sheet cover for the 'The National Football Song', words by L. Myers and music by C.A. Wills. Published in London by J.A. Mills, ca. 1880.

The National Football Song is a celebration of football, both Association football and Rugby football, and this music sheet cover depicts the David Beckhams and Johnny Wilkinsons of the day. Each named player is in a roundel (circular portrait), characteristic of music sheet designs by H.G. Banks. The two types of ball are also illustrated, above and below the flags. Both soccer and rugby developed from the same game but there was such confusion between those who played it as a contact sport and those who didn't that in 1863 there was a meeting of representatives in London to clarify the fundamental rules. It was after this meeting that those who played rugby-style football went their own way, and the Football Association was founded for those who favoured a game that forbade tripping, shin- kicking, and carrying the ball. In 1871 the Rugby Football Union was founded. One man illustrated here, A.J. Gould, who played for London before returning to his native Wales, is credited as having invented the idea of having four three-quarters in attack and defence.

Physical description

Chromolithograph. Printed illustrated music sheet cover for the 'The National Football Song'.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca. 1880 (published)

Artist/maker

Myers, L, born 19 (authors)
Wills, C. A., born 19 (composers)
Mills, J.A., born 19 (publisher)
Banks, Harry G. (lithographer)

Materials and Techniques

paper, ink

Dimensions

Height: 34 cm, Width: 24.5 cm

Descriptive line

Printed illustrated music sheet cover for the The National Football Song, words by L. Myers and music by C.A. Wills. Published in London by J.A. Mills, ca. 1880.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Chromolithography; Printing

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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