Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Workplace Football, Working-Class Culture and the Labour Movement in Victoria, 1910-20

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2005), 89, (1), 179–196.

Abstract

In exploring the role of workplace football in Victoria in the decade beginning 1910, this article focuses upon two — the Railways and Tramways. Examination of football in these workplaces reveals that the respective unions took what was originally an employer initiative and used it to support their industrial goals and to develop an identity of interests between workers and union. Workplace football became a vital part of working-class culture in the period before World War I. Despite being under effective union and worker control in these workplaces detractors in the labour movement remained suspicious of the role of workplace football. This stance reflected middle-class attitudes towards working-class sport as much as fears of the de-unionising effect of workplace sport.

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Burke, Peter

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