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Charlton sand Pits - Charlton, South East London Featured Athletics Print

Charlton sand Pits - Charlton, South East London

Charlton sand Pits - Charlton, South East London. The home football ground of Charlton Athletic FC, The Valley dates from 1919, at a time when the club were looking for a new home. The club found an abandoned sand and chalk pit (possibly this one?!) in Charlton, but did not have sufficient funds to fully develop the site. A large group of volunteer Charlton supporters excavated and cleared a flat area for the pitch at the bottom of the pit and build up makeshift stands from the excavated material. The first game was played before any terraces or seating were formerly installed, simply the roped-off pitch with the crowd standing or sitting on the surrounding earthworks. It is said the unique circumstances of the ground's construction cultivated an unusually intense bond between the Charlton supporters and the site, which exists to this day. Date: circa 1902

© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

Sketch cover featuring Lord Burghley in action Featured Athletics Print

Sketch cover featuring Lord Burghley in action

Lord Burghley, captain of Britain's Olympic team in 1932 jumping hurdles in a photograph on the front cover of The Sketch. David George Brownlow Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter (1905 - 1981), Lord Burghley was an athlete, sports official and Conservative party politician As an athlete, Burghley was a very keen practitioner who placed matchboxes on hurdles and practised knocking over the matchboxes with his lead foot without touching the hurdle. In 1927, his final year at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he amazed colleagues by sprinting around the Great Court at Trinity College in the time it took the college clock to toll 12 o'clock, inspiring the scene in the film Chariots of Fire (whose character Lord Andrew Lindsay is based upon Burghley) in which Harold Abrahams accomplishes the same feat. Lord Burghley did not allow his name to be used in the film because of the inaccurate historical depiction in the movie. There was never a race upon which Harold Abrahams beat Lord Burghley in this feat as the movie depicts. Burghley is also said to have set another unusual record by racing around the upper promenade deck of the Queen Mary in 57 seconds, dressed in everyday clothes. Burghley later served as president of the Amateur Athletic Association for 40 years, president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation for 30 years and as a member of the International Olympic Committee for 48 years. He was also chairman of the Organising Committee of the 1948 Summer Olympics. Date: 1932

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Cambridge University sportsmen during WW1 Featured Athletics Print

Cambridge University sportsmen during WW1

A spread from The Sketch magazine featuring 76 portraits of Cambridge Blues who had joined up during the First World War. The Sketch comments that, It was a foregone conclusion when war broke out that both Oxford and Cambridge men would enlist in shoals so soon as the call to serve their country reached them. The response from Blues of both Universities has been remarkable and as the men are in the pink of condition, they represent an important factor in the war. The whole of the previous year's cricket eleven had enlisted, as had eight of the football eleven, thirteen of the rugby fifteen, seven swimmer, seven boxing Blues, seven golf Blues, six of last year's Varsity crew, ten hockey Blues, four lawn-tennis players, the billiard Blue, three polo Blues, twenty one athletic Blues, three fencing Blues, one tennis Blue, five lacrosse Blues, four gymnastic Blues, both the racquets Blues and two chess Blues. One wonders how many of them survived the war. See picture no. 10719743 for a similar spread of Oxford University. Date: 1915

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans