The Most Successful Teams in the History of English Football – Part 2

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The following decade saw Shanks give the team a makeover when he won another title before retiring. He then sat back and watched Bob Paisley win six titles in a nine-year period, as well as a UeFa Cup and three European Cups. It seemed like the run would go on and on but then all […]

The Most Successful Teams in the History of English Football – Part 1

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Even the most novice of English football fans will be able to name the top three teams when it comes to those who have won more league titles than the rest. Of course, those three teams are Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. When you look at how the Premier League currently looks, however, it may […]

Six Sports That Britain Made Its Mark On – Part 3

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In 1848, at the esteemed Cambridge University, football’s first modern rules were being drawn up by ex-pupils of a large number of the country’s more well-known public schools. Men from Winchester, Shrewsbury, Rugby, Harrow, and Eton spent eight hours thrashing out what were later termed the Cambridge Rules. These laws, however, weren’t widely accepted away […]

Six Sports That Britain Made Its Mark On – Part 2

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However it came into being, croquet developed into a craze in the 1860’s and was a must-have inclusion in any fashionable garden party. The rules were established in 1866 by Walter Jones Whitmore at Chastleton House in the Cotswolds before being published by The Field Magazine. Wimbledon established the All England Croquet Club in 1868. […]

Six Sports That Britain Made Its Mark On – Part 1

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From croquet to cricket, the history of some of the most popular pastimes and sports in the world have undergone some serious development in Britain. While we’ve taken a number of harsh losses over the years, we can take comfort in that for just the small island that we are, Britain has left quite an […]

The History of the FA Cup Part 3

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The 50’s curse There were numerous examples from the 50’s of people suffering from injuries. Manchester City’s Jimmy Meadows suffered from a broken leg in a loss to Newcastle. City made the final in the next year only for their goalkeeper Bert Trautmann to break his neck. Although they did come away from that one […]

The History of British Wrestling – Part 2

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Oakley was successful with his promotion under the banner of the British Wrestling Association with such wrestlers as Jack Sherry, College Boy, Normal Ansell, Jack Pie, Black Butcher Johnson, Tommy Mann, and Jack Dale (Leonard Abbey).

The History of British Wrestling – Part 1

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The concept of British wrestling attracting paying crowds was first introduced at the beginning of the 20th century. Music hall promoters produced variety shows with acts such as stand-up comedy, song and dance, and everything in between. The biggest attraction was bodybuilder Eugene Sandow. The limited amount of action, however, soon meant that the gimmick […]

The History of the FA Cup Part 2

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We saw a notable string of finals in the early 20th century. Southampton was beaten 4-0 by Bury, and 12 months later, Tottenham Hotspur became the very first non-league club to lift the cup, after winning a replay against Sheffield United. In fact, it remains the one time that that feat has been achieved. In […]

The History of the FA Cup – Part 1

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The FA Cup is the UK’s equivalent to the Super Bowl. A famous annual event and highlight of the country’s favourite sport and pastime, the game is the pinnacle of a long season when families come together to enjoy the spectacle. The FA Cup final isn’t the only cup final in England, but it’s still […]