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The "Pall Mall Gazette" has . been totting up the "butcher's bill" of the English football season,*: 1889^90. A ghastly record jt is; . Broken legs', ; arms, and collar bones are the smallest items in it. The list :r-?rd-" fYic 4":j;v ■■HNs -,l{nl\ concussion c; :'■(• i-!..:! 5. !■:■ \>-\\ ■.■:■■,■.

internal rupture, and a miscellany of-other injuries, ending in almost every case with a coroner's inquest. In one field day at Bolton " Simmins, the famous half back, retired with a limb broken ; Barbour, the captain, had to leave the field hurt; Graham,, the North-end back, had his collar-bone broken ; and Shepherd was severely injured." At Torquay a forward named Hill had his leg broken whilst playing in a match arranged for the benefit of another player who had suffered a similar casualty. And so on, and so on— through a list a column long, which might have been longer, says the.compiler, "had I gone out of my way to consult the sporting papers or the day books of the hospitals." It is not stated that anybody was indicted for manslaughter, but in one solitary instance it is recorded that an exceptionally rough player after being "twico cautioned" was ordered off the field. For this small mercy let us be thankful. Colonial football is not exceptionally rough, but it is quite rough enough. A very trifling development in this particular would bring it up to the Ejiglish standard, with the accompanying "butcher's bill." Worse than any roughness as yet to be seen on the field is the brutal blaguardism of the larrikin element amongst the spectators. Half an hour spent- amongst the hooting, howling, swearing, smoking, expectorating young roughs who collect at a' Saturday afternoon football match gives us a j very unpleasant notion of the future of: a community in which these are to be citizens and votejs,—Ciyis.,

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ENGLISH FOOTBALL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2442, 16 June 1890

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ENGLISH FOOTBALL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2442, 16 June 1890

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