Christmas Competition, Week 1(ish), 3rd Clue

Apologies, apologies: we were supposed to post the third and final clue last Friday for the first round of our Christmas competition – v. sloppy! But here it is…in the Cricket category. So, for your chance to win £25.00 off your next order, find the item on the site that fits these three clues:

1) IT’S AN ITEM SHOWING AN AMERICAN MATINEE IDOL AND BAFTA BEST BRITISH ACTOR AWARD WINNER.

2) THE ITEM WAS ORIGINATED IN 1956

3) YOU’LL FIND THIS ITEM IN THE CRICKET CATEGORY.

Good luck! We need to receive the correct entry for this by midnight tonight, 19th November 2013. You can contact us by email: info@sportspages.com; facebook or twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Christmas Catalogue Competition, 1st week, clue no. 2

OK, so there have been a few grumblings re. not finding the first item on our website. The first person who does so, will win £25.00 off their next order. You can contact us via facebook/twitter.the blog/e:info@sportspages.com/.

So, the first clue was: find the item on Sportspages’ website showing an American matinee idol and Bafta British actor award winner.

The second clue is: 1956.

Look forward to hearing from you.

One of the items from our Christmas catalogue:

1919 Original press photo of Lord Hawke, CI Thornton, George Hirst & DCF Burton having a laugh at Yorkshire’s match v Sussex at Harrogate

Christmas catalogue competition

To help you into the Christmas spirit, we’re launching a quiz: £25 off your next order for the first person, who finds an item on our website, one a week for the next four weeks. We will start with a hard clue and release easier ones during the week until someone finds that particular item. SO, This week’s first clue is:

FIND THE ITEM ON SPORTSPAGES’ WEBSITE SHOWING AN AMERICAN MATINEE IDOL AND BAFTA BEST BRITISH ACTOR AWARD WINNER.

Let us know as soon as you have found it and you can claim this week’s £25.00 off your next order. Look forward to hearing from you!

 

20% off all Wisdens bought from Sportspages at PBFA London Book Fair@14th & 15th June

Come and visit us today or tomorrow at the PBFA London Book Fair. We’re at Stand 50 at the IBIS Hotel, Earl’s Court. It takes place from 2.00-7.00 pm today and 10.00 am – 4.00 pm tomorrow.

We’re offering 20% off all Wisden orders made through the stand today and tomorrow. We hope to see you there. We’ll have lots of other books and memorabilia from cricket and other sports too.

 

All India XI v Tich Freeman’s XI, Gravesend Kent 1936

Our present featured item is a lovely photograph of the 1936 Indian cricket captain, Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram leading his team onto the field at the Bat and Ball Ground in Gravesend.They were playing Tich Freeman’s XII in the opening match of their tour. Tich   Freeman was given his unoriginal nickname because he was 5’2″. We found some great Pathe footage of the match, which shows that although Tich was titch, he wasn’t that much shorter than the others. Other observations of the match: a large turnout to watch & it looks cold – in a British summer, how strange! Have a look:
1936 All India cricket team v Tich Freeman’s XI

 

 

 

Is Chelsea under siege?

Really interesting take on Chelsea’s present state of mind by the Telegraph’s Paul Hayward:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/9649638/There-is-a-black-hole-at-the-heart-of-Chelsea-and-a-persecution-complex-developing-in-their-minds.html

It would be interesting to hear Di Matteo’s view on the state of play at the moment – he’s been conspicuously quiet too about it all, I suspect for quite different reasons from Abramovich. It must feel v. frustrating for Di Matteo – from his & the team’s achievements at the end of last season, the club should have an exciting, positive energy going forward…

Congratulations to Heather Watson

Heather Watson is the 1st British women’s tennis player to have won an ATP tour title since Sara Gomer since 1988. My bad I’m sure, but Sara Gomer passed me by completely. The great thing is that after decades of ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ British tennis players, here we are in 2012 with three British tennis champions, who are all serious international tennis contenders. It’s exciting.  R4′s The Today programme talked of the Murray-Djokovic challenge/rivalry in the same breath as that of  Nadal and Federer’s this am.

Along the lines of Sara Gomer & the slightly fey approach of British tennis of old , Kay Stammers was the 1930s equivalent of Heather Watson and Laura Robson: i.e., an extremely good and successful British tennis player. The British media of the time spent little time dwelling on her considerable achievements, such as being in the World’s top ten for several years however. Instead they provided insights like: “Pretty Kay Stammers…who likes lacrosse, cricket, lump sugar & planter’s punches”. At least we can be sure that we and British tennis have evolved somewhat!

Kay Stammers, 1930s British Tennis Champions. SKU 22263

Kay Stammers, 1930s British Tennis Champions. SKU 22263

The First GB & Irish Ryder Cup Team(ish) 1927

Guest contributor, Chris Lane, Publisher of the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack & MD, John Wisden & Co has been indulging in his other passion: golf & has been doing some research into a few of our Ryder Related items. This is what he discovered:

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND RYDER CUP TEAM 1927. SKU 4480

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND RYDER CUP TEAM 1927. SKU 4480

This photo was entitled from the start as ‘Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup Team 1927′ with full legend underneath.It should in fact have been called ‘JH Taylor’s team of Prominent Golfers 1927′, which just happened to include 5 Ryder Cup team players.

The photo was taken in October 1927 when Oxford University’s Golf Club played what must be the most eminent match in their history. The Oxford team of the time included the son of JH Taylor, the five-time Open Champion, which led Taylor senior to invite the British Ryder Cup team from earlier that year to take on the Oxford University team. In the event only four of the eight-man original Ryder Cup team accepted the invitation, so Taylor changed it into a team of ‘Prominent Golfers’ by adding himself and another five-time Open champion, James Braid. Together with Arthur Havers (1923 Open Champion) and Ted Ray (1912) from the Ryder Cup. Sandy Herd (1902) and Henry Cotton (who would go on to win three Opens) joined them too so that six of the 10-man ‘Prominent Golfers’ team were or would become Open Champions.

In each game the Oxford team was given a three-up start but the Prominent Golfers prevailed 9-6. Half of Oxford’s points came from Baugh, a Rhodes Scholar from Alabama, and Mathieson, whose father, Donald, founded ‘Golf Monthly’. They respectively beat Havers and Ray and then combined to beat Jolly and Cotton in the fourballs.