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"If you want some accessible but informative insight into football then I suggest you couldn't do better than the Political Economy of Football website, which is not only intelligible but comes with the added bonus of being written by Addicks fan Wyn Grant."
Ben Hayes - Charlton Athletic programme

It was ever thus


Today I submitted a proposal for a book based on this site which has already received an enthusiastic reception from the potential publisher.  The book will open with a warning about too much sepia-tinged nostalgia about how football used to be.  I watched football in the 1950s and there are many different ways in which it is incomparably better today from the state of the pitches to the facilities for spectators.

It is also important to remember that money has always been important in football, at any rate from the formation of the Football League.   Admittedly, the sums involved were not as large.  The first £1,000 transfer in 1905 would cost about £112,000 today after adjusting for inflation.

Sunderland at one time were a club at the forefront of big money transfers.