Our contemporary football is played by millionaires, is the toys of billionaires and is watched by billions that spend their hard earned income to support their favourite teams.
When we think of the millions in television revenue, the sales of commercial items, the wages that the players are on and the transfer costs it is not the same game that it was when it was established in the 19th century.
When the Football Association was established in 1863, the game had already taken a hold of the young men in English society who created teams through local communities or from different trades (unions).
The players did not earn weekly wages and the spectators came from all walks of life. The working class game as it was classified was for the masses and was supported regionally. As the game developed and attained popularity the system changed and evolved to the point where the sport was turned into a profession. No longer was it expected for the players to have second jobs to support their activities.
Over the decades the sport has evolved and changed over time to the point in which we stand at this point in time.
It is understandable that in a global community and as a profession the sport has to be run as a business but when you think about the players, the owners, the commercialisation of the sport and even the spectators that watch the games (especially thinking about the gentleman in the second row at half during the last Chelsea vs Aston Villa game who was more interested in his phone then on the game) the game has changed.
During that moment I asked myself the question of where has the working class game gone? It took me a while to think about where it is or if it still is around, but as I delved into the history of the sport I came to the understanding that the working class game is and will forever be still around.
The working class game of football takes the form of its original state. A grass field, a ball and people that have to work for a living, essentially the amateurs of the sport of when it was originally popularised.
The working class game is not gone as it can still be view every weekend when men, women, boys and girls play for the enjoyment of the sport on their local team.
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