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Swansea Town Football Club during the First World War: an insight of the 1914-15 season.

For everyone associated with sport, the declaration of war on Germany in August 1914 created enormous uncertainty about what the future held. It fell close to when the football and rugby seasons were set to commence.

‘Business as usual’ was the government’s advice to sporting authorities. The footballing authorities argued that fixtures should continue because football was good for maintaining morale. By contrast, rugby decided to suspend playing just nine days after the declaration of war.

After uncertainty and intense debates, football took the decision to continue for the 1914-15 season. Some accused football of not doing its bit for King and Country, whereas others claimed it provided a way of boosting morale during wartime. This story explores what happened to Swansea Town Football Club during the 1914-15 season. By using the Swans as a case study, it will provide an insight into the reception football received from its decision to continue during war time.

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