Football’s Before and After: Netflix’s ‘The English Game’ proves the real worth of money in the sport

Even amidst the times of lockdowns due to pandemics, even when the world turns back into a Pangea––the game of football will still have the same argument.

This is what Netflix’s new six-part drama The English Game has taught all of us alongside the history of the sport’s origins.

With a write and produce like none other than Downtown Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes, the sure-fire Netflix hit has allowed fans to compare where football is then to where football is now. Hint: it’s making billions.


Now, when you deem yourself in a position to compare and contrast, producer Rory Aitken has articulated it best.

“In the early days the teams that kept winning were the teams that had money already, and could therefore afford not to work and practise,” Aitken told the PA news agency.

“They were simply better nourished and fitter; the Old Etonians, when they played Darwen, were on average seven inches taller than the Darwenians.”

“They just had a more comfortable life and had the money to be able to play.”

“Now the game is professional people from all backgrounds are able to play and players make a fortune from it.”

“I don’t know if it’s full circle or it’s just from one extreme to another, but what is interesting is, in the show, one of the arguments against professionalism is they say if you bring money into the game then the team with the most money will always win.”

“And that is still an argument being had at every football club in the world today.”

“A lot of the conversations and arguments haven’t really changed.”

Back then, English Football League clubs commit to fighting for their clubs’ futures because the result of that might be what’s stopping them from either having food on their table or not. No pandemic lockdowns––just good ol’ fashion football, friends.


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