Football’s Fallen – Jimmy Thorpe

Football's Fallen

Written for Football’s Fallen

The rules for goalkeepers have often been described as ‘overprotective.’  Before the 1930’s there was little outfield players couldn’t do to a keeper in order to try and score a goal.  In terms of legitimacy, flagrant acts of violence were allowed as long as the players in question were attempting to play the ball.

In 1936 these rules change but not before a tragedy had occurred to prompt the decision.

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