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The "Drafting" controversy, 1884

Article from 'The Scottish Umpire' on the system of drafting (player transfers). It looks at the different reasons why players may change clubs and condemns the "despicable emissaries" of professionalism over the border, with the "chink of their English gold". It contrasts the rising players with those of "the good old days", "when men thought chiefly of "mens sana in corpore sane" [a healthy mind in a healthy body]" and "the good of the club which could claim them as her own".

Included in 'The Scottish Umpire', 25 Sep 1884, from the National Cycle Archive; document reference: MSS.328/C/5/SCU, vol.1-2

The Drafting controversy