Monthly Archives: November 2013

History of Sport: 1870 and 1871

1870 Football is standardised as an eleven a side game. The jockey George Stevens wins his fifth Grand National, still a record, riding The Colonel. The first America’s Cup Challenge at sailing.The USA yacht “Magic” retains the trophy against a … Continue reading

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The Greatest Women High Jumpers: Iolanda Balas and Stefka Kostadinova

The latest in my occasional series on the greatest athletes in different events. There are some events where it is very hard to choose who is the greatest of all-time. Others are easy. The women’s high jump is an event … Continue reading

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British Sports Hall of Fame 1914: Fred Archer, Ethel Larcombe, Alan Robertson, Vivian Woodward

My latest choices for the British Hall of Fame: Fred Archer (Horse Racing) – regarded by most people as the greatest jockey of the 19th century. He was champion jockey for thirteen consecutive seasons from 1874 to 1886. In seven … Continue reading

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