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"From the prestigious Tennis Championships at Wimbledon to the intense wrestling match at the 1972 Olympics in Munich

Background imageMatch Collection: 1888 Matchgirl Strike

1888 Matchgirl Strike
Some of the 1400 strikers at the Bryant & May match factory, the first strike by unorganised workers to gain national publicity

Background imageMatch Collection: Boys hockey

Boys hockey
Scene from a boys hockey match. Bullying off. Date: 1903

Background imageMatch Collection: WORLD CUP, 1954. Victor Rodriguez Andrade of Uruguay (left) and Nathaniel Lofthouse of England

WORLD CUP, 1954. Victor Rodriguez Andrade of Uruguay (left) and Nathaniel Lofthouse of England face off during the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland

Background imageMatch Collection: West Bromwich Albions Brendan Batson is pictured in action during a recent match

West Bromwich Albions Brendan Batson is pictured in action during a recent match. Circa 1978 P017120

Background imageMatch Collection: The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon

The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon
The Tennis fortnight at Wimbledon is for many the most thrilling period of the summer season. All roads to Wimbledon are literally crowded with tennis enthusiasts moving towards the great concrete

Background imageMatch Collection: Scottish Curling 1912

Scottish Curling 1912
An exciting finish to a curling match in Scotland

Background imageMatch Collection: Poster for Englands Glory Matches

Poster for Englands Glory Matches
Strike out foreign competition by buying Englands Glory Matches: advertisement featuring a boxing match taking place on a ring made of match boxes between British and German pugilists

Background imageMatch Collection: Match at Hambledon / 1777

Match at Hambledon / 1777
A cricket match at Hambledon, Hampshire. The club was founded in 1750, and beat a strong All-England team in 1777. The early matches were played on Broadhalfpenny Down

Background imageMatch Collection: OLYMPICS: WRESTLING, 1972. Dan Gable of the USA wrestling Kikuo Wada of Japan during the Summer

OLYMPICS: WRESTLING, 1972. Dan Gable of the USA wrestling Kikuo Wada of Japan during the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Photograph, 1972

Background imageMatch Collection: Shire horse team during Ploughing Match

Shire horse team during Ploughing Match
A team of white Shire horses competing in a ploughing match. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageMatch Collection: Real Tennis & Racquets

Real Tennis & Racquets
The racquets used to play the game are depicted below a match in progress. Date: 1771

Background imageMatch Collection: Rugby at Murrayfield stadium, Scotland

Rugby at Murrayfield stadium, Scotland
Scotland triumphs over England in the Calcutta Cup championship, during the opening match for the newly built Murrayfield stadium which was inaugurated in March 1925. Date: 1925

Background imageMatch Collection: ENGLAND: SOCCER MATCH, 1966

ENGLAND: SOCCER MATCH, 1966
Dave Mackay (left) of Tottenham Hotspur confronts Billy Bremner of Leeds United during a game, 20th August 1966. Referee Norman Burtenshaw blows his whistle to intervene

Background imageMatch Collection: Pub Darts Match

Pub Darts Match
A serious darts match held in the Merlins Cave, Clerkenwell, between the home team and the Lord High Admiral in the Barclay League

Background imageMatch Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imageMatch Collection: Football-Spain-Liga-Barcelona-Realmadrid

Football-Spain-Liga-Barcelona-Realmadrid
Football supporters hold-up coloured rectangular posters to form a giant mosaic reading, " Thankyou Johan", in tribute to late Dutch football player Johan Cruyff before the Spanish league

Background imageMatch Collection: Advertisement for Triumph Renown motor car

Advertisement for Triumph Renown motor car
Advertisement for the Triumph Renown motor car -- all thats best in Britain. Featuring a traditional cricket match on a village green on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 1951

Background imageMatch Collection: Discovery of a Dandelion on Centre Court

Discovery of a Dandelion on Centre Court
The crowd, groundsmen, officials and players on the Centre Court of Wimbledon are astonished to discover the presence of a cheeky dandelion on the court

Background imageMatch Collection: Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County F. A. Cup Final, 1898

Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County F. A. Cup Final, 1898
Illustration of John McPherson scoring the third goal for Nottingham Forest in their F.A. Cup Final Match against Derby County, played at Crystal Palace, London, 1898

Background imageMatch Collection: Don Bradman Going out to Bat for the Last Time, Melbourne Cr

Don Bradman Going out to Bat for the Last Time, Melbourne Cr
Photograph of Don Bradman going out to bat, during his last first-class cricket match; a game between Bradmans XI and L. Hassetts XI, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 1948

Background imageMatch Collection: Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette

Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette
I am not sure whether it is my turn. (to write the postcard or to serve!!) A smart Gentleman makes a courteous enquiry to his glamorous young female table tennis companion. Date: circa 1904

Background imageMatch Collection: Owen Farrell - Saracens

Owen Farrell - Saracens
Rugby Union - Heineken Cup - Saracens vs Benetton Treviso. Owen Farrell of Saracens kicks a conversion during the Heineken Cup Pool Five match between Saracens

Background imageMatch Collection: SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (1921-1989). Robinson (right) during the seventh round of a fight

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (1921-1989). Robinson (right) during the seventh round of a fight
SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (1921-1989). Walker Smith, Jr. Robinson (right) during the seventh round of a fight against Carmen Basilio, 1957

Background imageMatch Collection: Sussex Vs. Kent C. 1840

Sussex Vs. Kent C. 1840
A wonderful picture of the match between the sides at Brighton, with many of the top players of past and present, including Alfred Mynn, Felix, Wisden and Wenman (batting)

Background imageMatch Collection: Cricket match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cricket match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Background imageMatch Collection: Marilyn Monroe Football Kick, 1957

Marilyn Monroe Football Kick, 1957
American actress Marilyn Monroe kicks a football during the match Israels Hapoel club against the All-Stars US team at the Ebbets Field stadium of Brooklyn, 16 May 1957, in New-York

Background imageMatch Collection: 1909 FA Cup Final: Manchester United beats Bristol City 1-0

1909 FA Cup Final: Manchester United beats Bristol City 1-0
The Football Association Cup Final at the Crystal Palace, where Manchester United beat Bristol City by one goal to nil. Players including A. Turnbull, C. Roberts, W

Background imageMatch Collection: Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for football match

Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for football match
Officers of the Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for a football match between Fulham FC and West Ham United FC Reserves, competing for the Combination Cup

Background imageMatch Collection: Rugby match, South Africa v Somerset

Rugby match, South Africa v Somerset
A rugby match between South Africa (the Springboks) and Somerset, probably at Taunton, UK. A Somerset player is picking up the ball

Background imageMatch Collection: The Graf Zeppelin over Wembley during the F. A. Cup Final

The Graf Zeppelin over Wembley during the F. A. Cup Final
Photograph showing Wembley Stadium, during the Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal F.A. Cup Final of 1930, with the Graf Zeppelin in the sky above

Background imageMatch Collection: Old & Young Tom Morris

Old & Young Tom Morris
A golf match involving Willie Park, Old Tom Morris, and Young Tom Morris at Leith Links, Scotland

Background imageMatch Collection: Test cricket match at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Test cricket match at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Background imageMatch Collection: Crabble Cricket ground, Dover

Crabble Cricket ground, Dover
The lovely Crabble cricket ground at Dover, Kent, which was used by Kent County Cricket Club from 1907 to 1976. The match in progress is between Kent and Yorkshire

Background imageMatch Collection: 1st Golf International

1st Golf International
The first international golf match - England v Scotland at Hoylake : Robert Maxwell is about to drive for Scotland, while John Ball junior (England) is nearest left

Background imageMatch Collection: France V Scotland Rugby

France V Scotland Rugby
A Scottish player is tackled by a pair of Frenchmen. The match finished in a draw at 3- 3

Background imageMatch Collection: Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield

Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Steve Davis and Alex Hurricane Higgins. 13th April 1981

Background imageMatch Collection: Real Tennis at Lord s

Real Tennis at Lord s
A match is played at Lords Court, London. Date: circa 1860

Background imageMatch Collection: Celebrated horse lexington (5 yrs. old) by Boston out of Ali

Celebrated horse lexington (5 yrs. old) by Boston out of Alice Carneal: Bred by Dr. Warfield, owned by R. Ten Broeck, esq

Background imageMatch Collection: Poster, Polo season at Deauville, France

Poster, Polo season at Deauville, France Deauville Saison de Polo, Date: circa 1938

Background imageMatch Collection: Early view of Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the

Early view of Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the (shrouded in cloud) in the background. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageMatch Collection: Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia

Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia, with a crowd of spectators watching a match. Date: circa 1909

Background imageMatch Collection: Rocky Marciano (left) defending his heavyweight title in a fight against Ezzard Charles at Yankee

Rocky Marciano (left) defending his heavyweight title in a fight against Ezzard Charles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx
MARCIANO & CHARLES, 1954. Rocky Marciano (left) defending his heavyweight title in a fight against Ezzard Charles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York City, 17 June 1954

Background imageMatch Collection: Scotland vs. England Football Match, 1872

Scotland vs. England Football Match, 1872
Illustrations from the Scotland vs. England Friendly of 30th November 1872, played at West of Scotland Cricket Club Ground, Partick, near Glasgow

Background imageMatch Collection: Don Bradman square cuts at Lords, 1930

Don Bradman square cuts at Lords, 1930
Photograph of Don Bradman square cutting during the second Test Match between England and Australia, held at Lords Cricket Ground, London, 1930

Background imageMatch Collection: Curling in Scotland 1869

Curling in Scotland 1869
A curling match in Scotland

Background imageMatch Collection: A Baseball Game

A Baseball Game
Grand match for the championship at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey

Background imageMatch Collection: Women Playing Polo

Women Playing Polo
A womans polo hat flies off and her horse rears up as she strikes the ball in a polo match

Background imageMatch Collection: Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck meet in a British style pub in Sacramento, California

Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck meet in a British style pub in Sacramento, California, for a darts match. One team arrived in a fleet of limousines



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"From the prestigious Tennis Championships at Wimbledon to the intense wrestling match at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, matches have always captivated us with their display of skill and determination. Even as far back as 1912, Scottish curling showcased a thrilling match on ice that left spectators in awe. The Triumph Renown motor car advertisement reminds us that even machines can engage in a fierce match for speed and elegance. But matches aren't limited to sports alone; nature also presents its own unique battles. Who would have thought that a simple dandelion could find itself amidst the grandeur of Centre Court? And let's not forget about the incredible strength displayed by Shire horse teams during ploughing matches, where they tirelessly compete against each other. Matches have been etched into history, like the legendary Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County F. A. Cup Final of 1898, forever remembered for its intensity and unforgettable moments. Speaking of historic sporting events, England's victorious soccer match in 1966 still echoes through time as an emblematic moment for football enthusiasts worldwide. Traveling further back in time takes us to Hambledon in 1777 when cricket was just beginning to take shape as we know it today – a true testament to how matches have evolved over centuries. From traditional pub dart matches bringing friends together over friendly competition to Englands Glory Matches igniting excitement across towns with their fiery flames. And finally, rugby at Murrayfield stadium serves as a reminder that matches are not only about individual prowess but also teamwork and camaraderie on display before thousands of passionate fans. " In all these diverse settings and contexts, one thing remains constant: whether it be on grass courts or icy arenas, between humans or horses - every match is an opportunity for greatness and leaves an indelible mark on our collective memory.