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Month: February 2017

On This Week – 27th February 2017

27th – Miyagiyama Fukumatsu, Japanese Sumo wrestler was born on this day in 1895. He reached the top makuuchi division in 1916 and he was promoted to ōzeki after only 2 tournaments. In January 1920, he won his first championship with an 8-1-1 draw record. In March 1921, he fought against wrestlers in Tokyo sumo. In June 1921, he won the championship with an 8-2 record. In January 1922, he won the championship with a perfect 10-0 record. After winning two consecutive championships, he was awarded a yokozuna licence. He was absent from two tournaments in 1923 due to a phlegmon on the middle finger of his...

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Should Britain compete at the 1920 Olympics? An argument between Charles Otway and Robert S. Courcy Laffan (1919)

On April 5 1919, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) determined that Antwerp in Belgium would host the Seventh Olympic Games, which would take place during the summer of 1920. This was a decision that encountered considerable opposition within the British sporting press, many of whom were against the Olympics recommencement less than two years after the end of The Great War. This article will examine some of the arguments upon this subject, primarily that between The Sporting Life’s Charles Otway and British Olympic Committee (BOC) member Robert S. Courcy Laffan.   The verdict from the British press was that...

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Remembering Ipswich’s Treble Challenge, 1981 By Gary James

In April 1981 Bobby Robson’s glamorous Ipswich Town team appeared to be heading towards a glorious treble of the Football League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup. It was a season that established Robson’s reputation as a talented and knowledgeable manager, but the semi-final pitted Suffolk’s major club with a revitalised Manchester City. Manchester’s Blues were managed by the former Norwich boss John Bond, adding to the East Anglian focus, who had arrived at Maine Road in October and revitalised the club following a desperate period under the stewardship of Malcolm Allison. Bobby Robson Bond’s mission had been...

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On This Week – 20th February 2017

20th – On this day in 1872 The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City. In 1877 Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. The abolitionist Frederick Douglass died on this day in 1895 – anyone told Trump? Born on this day in 1910 Russian ballet dancer, director and choreographer Konstantin Sergeyev. He was the artistic director and choreographer for the Kirov Theatre and taught at the Leningrad State Choreographic Institute. He was married firstly to prima ballerina Feya Balabina  and then Natalia Dudinskaya, also a prima ballerina. Galina Ulanova was his partner between 1930...

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Hugh Stuart Fullerton: Scorebooks and the Scandal that Rocked America

When America awoke on the morning of 15th December 1919, the world had changed irrevocably. Many read the news in stunned silence, few venturing to accept the headline in the New York Evening World: ‘Is Big League Baseball Being Run for Gamblers, with Players in the Deal?’ Thirteen words would forever change baseball, and for the author, highly regarded sports reporter, Hugh Stuart Fullerton, a place in baseball history secured, albeit at a price. In the wake of his claims that underdogs Cincinnati Red’s win over the Chicago White Sox, in the World Series, was a fix, Fullerton was...

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