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King Charles III and Cricket

15th September 2022

We have been contemplating the huge job in front of King Charles III. We reminded ourselves what an able man he has shown himself to be over the years. Us being us, we looked to sport for the clues. We all know what a great polo player and general equestrian he was. We’ve seen him […]

England’s Lionesses in the Women’s Euros 2022: How far women’s football has come!

21st July 2022

How proud would these pioneers of women’s football from 1918 be to see England’s Lionesses perform in the Women’s Euros 2022?! When this Scottish women’s team played in 2018, they would have rightly believed they had already come far. Despite attempts to set up and build up women’s football in the nineteenth century, it was […]

Was he in or was he out? Ted Dexter in 1968

4th November 2021

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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