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Month: June 2017

Myths and truths in the history of sport; Exploring the origins of Stoke City Football Club

Introduction The nature of historical research in sport is changing. Academics, researchers and historians now operate in what has been described as the ‘digital era’ where they have access to a greater amount of information and data than ever before. Traditionally research was characterised by trips to archives and libraries, spending endless hours trawling through boxes of dusty paperwork or microfilm tapes in an attempt to locate what was often a proverbial needle in a haystack. However, the introduction of online digital archives, facilitated by digitalisation and optical character recognition (OCR) technology, makes it possible to access an ever-increasing...

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On This Week – 26th June 2017

26th  – The first recorded women’s cricket match was played at Gosden Common, Surrey in 1745. The first motor-racing grand prix, the French Grand Prix, was run at Le Mans in 1906. The Romanian Ferenc Szisz drove a Renault to victory at an average speed of 63mph (101km/hr). At the 60th British Golf Open at Prestwick Golf Course, on this day in 1925, Jim Barnes took the title, shooting a score of 300. Carlo Facetti, Italian racing car driver was born in 1935. He is mainly known for his success in touring car and sports car racing. In his...

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STAPS International Review of Sport Science and Physical Education in France – Special Bilingual Edition –

STAPS is the acronym for the Science and technology of physical activities and sports (Science and Techniques in Sports and Physical Activity) and is published through an initiative of the French Association for Research in Sport and Physical Activity (ATRAPS). This multidisciplinary Francophone journal publishes original academic research on physical activities and sport in the field of human and social sciences. For some 30 years, STAPS’s mission has been to encourage scientific analysis of the practice, institutions, and actors in sport and/or physical education. An international scientific journal with its own reading committee, STAPS publishes articles in both French and English by...

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‘No fee’ was to be charged for their services: Amateur athletics advisors in 1935. Part 1. Coaches and Administrators.

Resistance to the use of professional coaches in British athletics during the first half of the twentieth century has been well documented[1] and an ongoing preference for amateur coaching from one’s peers was clearly evident in the year before the Berlin Olympics. In February 1935, a number of amateur coaches were appointed to instruct at the Loughborough summer school for athletics, including R. St. G. Harper for hurdles, J. Cotter for the javelin, J.E. Lovelock for running events, M.C. Noakes for the hammer, R.L. Howland for the shot put, and R.W. Revans for the long jump.[2] Howland was a...

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On This Week – 19th June 2017

19th – The first baseball match took place at Elysian Fields, Hoboken (birthplace of Frank Sinatra as a by the way!), New York, in 1846. The New York Nine beat the sport’s first organised club, the Knickerbocker Club, 23-1. The Hungarian athlete Alajos Szokolyi was born in 1871; he was also a sports organiser/manager, archivist and physician. He competed at the 1896 Olympics, winning the bronze medal in 100m. In the same year he also won the first ever edition of the Hungarian Athletics Championships in 100yds. The “first lady of the turf”, Gladys Mills Phipps, American socialite, sportswoman...

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