Sir Stanley Rous and the Growth of World Football: An Englishman Abroad

Alan Tomlinson

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At Wembley in 1966 England’s football captain Bobby Moore received the World Cup from Queen Elizabeth and FIFA president Stanley Rous. This book takes the life of Rous (1895-1986) as a lens through which to understand the escalating profile of football throughout the twentieth century. The book illuminates how it was possible for Rous to emerge from a Suffolk village and ascend to the top of FIFA’s hierarchy and the company of elites. Educational opportunities, service in the Great War and an international referee’s profile prepared Rous for the position of Secretary at The Football Association, alongside charity work in World War II and organisational responsibilities for the London 1948 Olympics. His FIFA role combined diplomacy with development, in post-colonial times of volatile international relations. The book informs scholars and fans alike, showing that Rous’s crowning achievement in 1966 marked a peak for England’s power and influence in world football. The study is based on a wide range of original sources including exclusive interviews by the author and previously unused documents from the Private Papers of Sir Stanley Rous.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle-upon-Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages357
ISBN (Print)9781527558878
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2020


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