60th Anniversary of Roger Bannister’s sub 4 minute mile

As we all probably know by now, it’s the 60th anniversary today of Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile barrier. We have a great bit of athletics memorabilia: a programme from 1948 – Oxford and Cambridge Universities Athletic Association v Amateur Athletic Association at Fenners on 17th May – in which a 19 year old Roger Bannister won the mile race (4 minutes 16.6 secs, fast but not yet fast enough); Chris Brasher ran the 3 mile event; Norris McWhirter sprinted in the 220 yards event and Harold Abraham was the announcer!

OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE V A.A.A. 1948 (ROGER BANNISTER), SKU 21138

 

Wisden Dust Jackets: now available from 1946

As many of you already know – and have bought – we have recently brought out and are very pleased with our new set of traditional style Wisden dust jackets. Up until now you could only protect your Wisden Cricketers’ Almanacks from the year 1965 with a dedicated replacement or traditional style jacket. We have now gone back as far as 1946 so that you can have protective, traditional style dust jackets for your set of Wisdens from 1946 – 2014. The 1946 – 1964 set of new dust jackets look devilishly handsome, as seen here, nestling up to their original softback and hardback counterparts at Sportspages.

The new 1946 – 1965 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack dust jackets

 

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…