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The Sport in History Podcast brings you the latest in cutting edge research with interviews and talks with leading sports historians and up and coming researchers into Sports History. The podcast is a British Society of Sports History production from the UK's leading scholarly society for the history of sport. Click through to our website for further information on our events and to find out how to join the Society.
 
Traverse the triple decker steel cage full of rare white bengal tigers and fingerpoke the ghost of WCW with DoubleCakes and Doc Destructo. We pathologize, eulogize, and yapapize a bygone era of Big Boys. Get thrown from dizzying heights and buried under big, bald sons o'bitches. Put your butt in the seat for The Greatest Podcast in the History of Our Sport.
 
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This episode Geoff talks to David Woodhouse about his quadruple award-winning book, 'Who Only Cricket Know: Hutton's Men in the West Indies 1953/54'.Held at the London Library in central London it's a wide ranging discussion in which David explains why the MCC tour of that year was a key moment in the history of cricket and society more generally o…
 
This episode is a recording of the paper given by Max Portman at the Institute of Historical Research on 14th Nov 2022.If one is to talk about the importance of sport within East London, West Ham United is always a part of the conversation. As the premier football team within the area, West Ham United are ingrained in the popular culture psyche of …
 
This episode Geoff talks to Dr Rich Parry about his latest book, Swallows and Hawk, which tells the history of South Africa through the medium of MCC cricket tours .Beginning at the end of the nineteenth century Rich tells us how cricket and the development of colonial capitalism went hand in hand throughout the twentieth century on the continent o…
 
Join Conor Heffernan and David Patrick as they discuss David's upcoming co-edited book with Ian Phimister, A Boxing Legacy: The Life and Works of Writer and Cartoonist Ted Carroll (Rowman, 2023). Ted Carroll was one of the greatest American artists and sportswriters of the twentieth century, most notably as a boxing cartoonist and journalist. As a …
 
The Accidental Sports HistorianRamachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bengaluru. For many years, Ramachandra Guha wrote scholarly, heavily footnoted, academic books and papers which dealt with subjects other than sport, while moonlighting during the weekends as a writer of popular, anecdotal, articles on Indian cricket and crickete…
 
Professor Richard Holt, whose critical sport on British sport history, opens the BSSH's 40th anniversary with a retrospective keynote on the development of British sport history and the areas still in need of historical attention. We are thankful to Professor Holt for a fascinating paper, which can also be found in print form online at https://www.…
 
Join Conor and Professor Mike Cronin for a retrospective discussion on Professor Cronin's own career in Irish sport history, the rise of sport history as a discipline in Ireland and the areas still in need of attention.Professor Mike Cronin has been the Academic Director of Boston College Ireland since 2005. He was educated at the University of Ken…
 
Rob Colls is Professor Emeritus of Sports History at De Montfort University.In his Keynote speech at the BSSH Conference 2022 he talks passionately about his life as a historian of sport and his research for his award-winning book, 'This Sporting Life', which tells the story of sport in England from the 18th to the 20th Centuries.…
 
EDI Rep on the BSSH Exec Dr Amanda Callan-Spenn hosts a round table discussion of the issues around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the world of sports history with a panel of academics at various stages of their careers at the BSSH 2022 Conference at De Montfort University.On the panel:-Dr Paul Campbell (University of Leicester)Dr Lydia Furse…
 
Join Conor Heffernan and Dr. Alexander Jackson as they discuss Dr. Jackson's new book, Football's Great War: Association Football on the English Home Front, 1914–1918. Learn how English football survived without professional football, the players who played on regardless, illicit payments and so much more.Dr. Jackson's new book is available to buy …
 
This special podcast episode is part of a series celebrating the British Society of Sports History’s 40th Anniversary. Throughout this series we will be talking to a variety of our members. From those who have been there since the beginning, those that have played important roles in the society, and those who have led changes. Today we are joined b…
 
This episode Katie Talks to Max Portman about the history of West Ham Football Club in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries.Max is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chichester and his current title is: How West Ham United operates as a nexus of communities since 1981?Di British Society of Sports History
 
This episode features a paper given by Jon Hughes at the BSSH's seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research. Jon's paper,'We met the most serious opposition in the Ministry of Propaganda': Borders, Limits, and Summits in the German-British mountain film Der Berg ruft / The Challenge (1938)' is a fascinating look at how Anglo-German film-…
 
Arthur Hopcraft’s much-celebrated The Football Man (1968) comprised chapters based on interviews with representative ‘football men’ of the 1960s – ‘The Player’, ‘The Manager’, ‘The Referee’ etc. But though there is a brief chapter on ‘Football and the Press’, the ever-present match reporter receives little attention.Bryan Stanley Johnson (1933-73) …
 
This episode Geoff talks to Dr Duncan Stone about the history of English cricket. Duncan's new book, 'Different Class', examines how cricket in England has a long history of class and racial discrimination which continues to have an impact on the game today. The discussion looks at the difference in cricket culture between north and south, Duncan's…
 
“I have had two thrills today. One racing at Newmarket this afternoon. The other here at speedway. And this is by far the greater”. Why did speedway become so phenomenally popular in the late 1930s and 40s?Very little historical research has been carried out on speedway racing yet it was a sport which attracted 12.5 million attendances in Britain i…
 
Aaron Ó Maonaigh is an independent scholar and post-primary teacher in South Dubllin, Ireland.Today's interview focuses on Aaron's latest article in Soccer and Society: ‘In the Ráth Camp, rugby or soccer would not have been tolerated by the prisoners’: Irish Civil War attitudes to sport, 1922-3. Find the article at -https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/…
 
John Fisher retired from the University of Newcastle in 2004 (from the Department of Economics, since defunct). He has written and published extensively on aspects of English and Australian rural and veterinary history. His most recent previous article is on Richard Cheslyn's father in the Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Histo…
 
Jorge Tovar is an associate professor at the Economics Department in Los Andes University (Bogota - Colombia). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley, specializing in International Trade and Industrial Organization. In addition, he has worked in sports economics and history for over six years, focusing on football and publishing various art…
 
This episode it's Heather Dichter's paper at the BSSH/IHR Sport & Leisure seminar series from December 2021.The appearance of the Berlin Wall on the morning of August 13, 1961 immediately halted free travel in and out of Berlin, and it also had an immediately impact within sport. East and West German sporting relations came to a halt. More broadly,…
 
This episode Malcolm MacLean of University of Queensland/DMU/University of Gibraltar gives a paper on rugby in Aoteoroa/New Zealand and the multiple meanings of the Haka.Recent historiographic trends that admit the voices, both schol-arly and archival, of Empire’s Others alongside emerging post- and de-colonial praxis are prompting a significant re…
 
It's the turbulent history of cricket and society in South Africa in this episode of the Sport in History Podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research. This week Geoff talks to the cricket historian and previous podcast guest Dr Richard Parry.Rich - as he's known to friends …
 
This episode Katy talks to Lauren Beatty about her PhD research into women's golf in Scotland. Women have been playing golf at club level in Scotland since 1867, yet despite this we know very little about their personal experiences of do-ing so. They also talk about the process of beginning a PhD and the challenges of conducting research during the…
 
This episode Katie talks to Dr Sarah Hardstaff about children's books and football fiction. Sarah was awarded her PhD in 2020 by the University of Cambridge. Her thesis, 'Hidden Economies in the Novels of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt' compared the authors’ representation of character agency in the context of economic activity. Sarah is currentl…
 
Article Reference:Riseman, Noah. "A history of transgender women in Australian Sports, 1976–2017." Sport in History (2021): 1-28.Caroline LaytCaroline’s a Trans Woman who advocates for Transgender people in sports and wider society, as she was bullied and had her own rights questioned when she played women’s [club and representative] rugby union an…
 
This episode Geoff talks to the distinguished historian Ramachandra Guha, the recipient of the 2021 British Society of Sports History and Cricket Society Howard Milton Award for Cricket Scholarship.Ram talks enthusiastically about his lifetime love of cricket and his career as a historian of the game, as well as being the biographer of Gandhi and w…
 
The Day 2 Keynote of Documenting the Olympics and Paralympics with Prof Martin Polley of De Montfort University talking us through a career of archival research in a varied and entertaining account. Professor Martin Polley (De Montfort University) From Wandsworth to Woodhorn via Wenlock, and points in between: an Olympic and Paralympic research jou…
 
Documenting the Olympics and Paralympics Day 2The first session of day 2 has three archivists from the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector talking about their collections and the broad range of objects and papers that are available for researchers of sport history.GLAM Sector Panel – chaired by Ian Cooke (British Library)Kathar…
 
The second session from the 2021 online conference Documenting the Olympics and Paralympics, which took place on 6th and 7th July 2021 and was organised by the British Library in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History (BSSH), International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University, and the School of Adv…
 
The first session from the 2021 online conference Documenting the Olympics and Paralympics, which took place on 6th and 7th July 2021 and was organised by the British Library in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History (BSSH), International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University, and the School of Adva…
 
Alan McDougall is Professor of History at the University of Guelph. He has previously published on global football history as well as football in East Germany. He is currently working on a history of Liverpool Football Club. His conversation with Conor in this episode focused on his latest Sport in History article on Bill Shankly's Retirement.https…
 
This episode Sam Brady of Glasgow University gives a paper for the BSSH Sport & Leisure History seminar on sporting wheelchairs and adaptive technology in the Paralympics. Building on his own bank of oral history interviews with practitioners he explains the way in which wheelchair users increasingly became involved in the design of their equipment…
 
Dr Alexander Jackson is a curator at the National Football Museum, Manchester, England. He has written for The Blizzard, Soccer History and Playing Pasts and has a particular interest in early to mid-twentieth century football history. He has written, Football’s Great War: Association Football on the English Home Front, 1914-1918, due for publicati…
 
Andy Carter is currently a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. He previously studied at Bangor University and Royal Holloway, University of London. Andy is also the author of Beyond the Pale, a study of early Black and Asian cricketers in Britain.Di British Society of Sports History
 
This podcast Geoff talks to Ian Cooke about a free Zoom event on the 6th & 7th July 2021 with a range of speakers talking about archives and the history of the Olympics and Paralympics.Go tohttps://www.bl.uk/events/documenting-the-olympics-paralympics to find out more and register for the event.Ian also talks about the UK Web Archive and the Britis…
 
Julien Clenet is a final year PhD Student at University College Dublin. He researches the history of sport in Dublin, Ireland in the nineteenth-century. This is the first study of its kind for Dublin and marks Julien's work as a novel addition to Irish sport history.Here Julien and Conor discuss some of Julien's major findings, where he found his s…
 
In this episode Geoff Swallow gives a paper on Swimming History for the Sport & Leisure History seminar series hosted by the British Society of Sports History in association with the Institute of Historical.Geoff explores the material and representational spaces and meanings of the 1901 Jarvis-Nuttall swimming ‘match’ created by the press in which …
 
Craig Greenham talks to Conor Heffernan about his recent article on the Pete Rose betting scandal and how it was discussed by the American press.Dr. Greenham is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor. Sport was not only a childhood passion but also a professional calling for Dr. Greenham. Before joining the academic ranks, …
 
This episode Katie talks to Dave Smith about the University of Huddersfield archive. Trekkers will be excited about their Patrick Stewart collection but sports fans will also love their national collections for Rugby League and Netball history. Katie and Dave talk about how researchers can use the archives in their own research, as well as the oppo…
 
Katie talks to Barbara Horley about the Speedway's boom time from the 1930s to the 1960s.Barbara is a doctoral candidate at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. Barbara previously taught Philosophy and Religious Studies before deciding to pursue her PhD. Her research involves looking at speedway from it…
 
This episode Katie talks to Margaret Roberts, the editor of the online magazine Playing Pasts. The magazine publishes 2 articles per week and gets 30,000 reads per month and so is a fantastic way for researchers to get their work into a public forum in a less formal and time-consuming way than publishing in an academic journal.The British Society o…
 
Linda M. Perkins is Associate University Professor and director of Applied Gender Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She holds an interdisciplinary university appointment in the departments of Applied Gender Studies, Educational Studies, and History. Her primary areas of research are on the history of African-American women’s higher educatio…
 
Emily Ankers talks to Katie about her research on women's experience of rock climbing from both a historical and sociological point of view.Emily is a postgraduate researcher, having completed her Masters by Research in 2020 titled 'Everyday' Women's Experiences of Rock Climbing (1970-2020) at Leeds Beckett University. Her research investigated how…
 
New podcast host Katie Taylor talks to Dr Verity Postlethwaite about her research on London 2012, researching in Japan in preparation for the Paralympics and Olympics and researching during the pandemic.Katie also tells us about the new BSSH PG/ECR Facebook group and a special pandemic grant available for researchers affected by the pandemic.Dr Ver…
 
Shannon Walsh is an Associate Professor of Theatre History at LSU where she also serves as Co-Head of the PhD in Theatre. She received her MA from Florida State, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. As a theatre practitioner she has worked as a dramaturg and a development manager. She has published in Theatre Annual and Theatre Journal and…
 
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