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Month: October 2016

On This Week – 31st October 2016

31st – Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tyre on this day in 1888. In 1908, the 4th Olympic Games in London came to an end. The Federation Sportive Feminine International, the first woman track and field association, was formed on this day in 1921. Australian snooker player Eddie Charlton was born in 1929. Known as ‘Steady Eddie’ because of his deliberate style of play he was one of the leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s. He later earned himself a reputation as a television summarizer. An all-round sportsman in his younger days, Charlton...

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On Hillsborough

In its way, the Saturday afternoon of April 15, 1989 in a football ground in Sheffield is to English history what a pair of office blocks in New York on September 11, 2001 are to the history of the United States; their most documented times and places so far. 9-11 had its commission; the Hillsborough tragedy, eventually, had its independent panel and a new inquest. The inquest hearings began in April 2014 (and pre-inquest hearings began in April 2013); the jury gave its verdict in April 2016. The statements of hundreds of witnesses, and documents about the Hillsborough ground...

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On This Week – 24th October 2016

24th – Born on this day in 1838 was Annie Eddson Taylor, stuntwoman and educator, who, on her 63rd birthday in 1901, became the first person ever to go safely over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. She used a custom-made barrel for her trip, constructed of oak and iron and padded with a mattress. She managed to briefly earn some money from speaking about her experience, referring to herself as “The Queen of the Mist” but was never able to build much wealth. Her manager, Frank M. Russell, bizarrely ran away with her barrel, and most of her...

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The Origins Of Professional Football In Bradford

By background the author is a Bradford City supporter and I have written / collaborated in a number of books on the history of the club, the most recent A History of Bradford City in Objects which was quite literally that. In 1984 I was co-founder of The City Gent fanzine. By background I am a self-employed accountant and my specialism undertaking financial due diligence, business reviews and providing turnaround support gives me a particular interest in the way that a football club functions as a commercial entity. Fair to say, the sporting history of Bradford provides rich pickings...

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The Dark Side of British Sport… A Timely New Study… How The Game Was Played

How The Game Was Played Essays In Sports History Wray Vamplew This very timely new work by the award-winning sports historian goes beyond scores and results to present a unique view of Britain’s sporting past – including its dark side. He examines every key sport, and many live controversies. This involves looking at the use of alcohol as a performance enhancing drug, the violence of football hooligans, the tribulations of weight-watching jockeys, and the earlier employment of children as young as seven as golf caddies. The pioneering role of women in golf is also highlighted – as a sport...

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