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Martin Sheridan: Olympics hero & US athlete extraordinaire

6th April 2017

Martin Sheridan’s obituary in the New York Times described him as ‘one of the greatest athletes the United States has ever known’. Martin Sheridan was actually born and brought up in County Mayo, Ireland. The USA was very quick – and sensible – to claim him  as one of their own, soon after he stepped […]

John Wisden, founder of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

16th March 2017

John Wisden founded the most iconic cricket annual in 1864: the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Its publication is eagerly awaited every year. Steeped in Wisdens as we are, we thought we’d take a closer look at the man himself. John Wisden was born in Brighton in 1826. His father died when he was a boy and Wisden […]

2017 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

16th February 2017

Rugby Union Books

Rugby Union Books

Early football books of the Victorian era generally covered both the Association and Rugby games. As the two codes diverged, Rugby started to produce its own literature with a number of instructional titles and scarce early tour books appearing before World War One, both in the UK and New Zealand. Few rugby autobiographies appeared before the 1970s as strict guidelines on professionalism prevented players from committing their memories to print. The last few decades have see a vast increase in rugby liternature and dozens of titles are now published annually.

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