Monthly Archives: November 2010

Why was England in the sporting vanguard?

Why did England invent so many games and show such an appetite for them as players,   spectators  and administrators  that modern  sport became possible?  Industrialisation  undoubtedly  provided  the  opportunity  for  modern spectator sports by  moving England early from a predominantly … Continue reading

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Immigration – English sport is a mirror of English society

 Sport  holds up a mirror to any society.  Sadly,  English  sport  today shares  the ills of English society at large. Due to the actions of the British  elite  professional  team sport in England  has  been  heavily infiltrated  by   foreign players … Continue reading

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English Speaking Union debate: ‘This house believes that an English Parliament is the last hope for a United Kingdom’

Report and commentary on the Campaign for an English Parliament  English Speaking Union debate  24 November  2010 held at Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED Proposition: ‘This house believes that an English Parliament  is the last hope for a … Continue reading

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Football – the world game

Football  is  the  nearest there is to  a world game.  There  are  easy reasons for this. At its most basic football  is a game  which requires the  most  rudimentary  of equipment,  a ball.  Its  rules  are  simple compared with those of other  games … Continue reading

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The English sporting amateur

Top  class  sport is now so tied to money that it may seem  quaint  to his  generation  that for all  of the nineteenth century and  much  of twentieth century the  amateur played a major  role in many of the more … Continue reading

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Cricket – the first modern game

Cricket  was the first team game to be a great spectator sport,  indeed, one might argue that it was the first great spectator game of any  sort as  opposed to a sport such as horse-racing,  running,  boxing  or  the more  … Continue reading

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The mother of modern sport

“We [the Coca Cola Championship] are the fourth best supported division in  Europe  with  nearly  10  million  fans  last  season,   after  the Premiership  [12.88 million],  Bundesliga [11.57 million] and  La  Liga [10.92].  We are ahead of Seria A.”   Lord Mahwinny,  Chairman  of  the … Continue reading

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