Sport as History
Essays in Honour of Wray Vamplew
Edited by Tony Collins
Routledge – 2010 – 230 pages
Published to mark the career of one of sports history’s pioneers, this book traces the evolution of sport across three continents. It brings together some of sports history’s leading scholars to investigate not only the history of sport but also how that history is written.
This Festschrift marks the retirement of Professor Wray Vamplew – an internationally-renowned leader in the field of sports history. His 1976 book The Turf was one of the very first academic histories of sport and he has been a prolific writer, scholar and teacher for almost forty years. No one has played such an important role in the field of sports history across North America, Europe and Australia. President of the Australian, Australian Society of Sports History (ASSH), the British Society of Sports History (BSSH), the European Committee for the History of Sport (CESH) and the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES), Vamplew is currently editor of the North American Society for Sports History’s (NASSH) journal, the Journal of Sport History.
This collection reflects his interests and his appeal across the three continents, the essays deal with sport in America, Australia, Britain and Ireland and focus on the themes of national and regional identity, gender, trade unionism in sport and historiographical debates. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of sport and how it is studied today.
This book was published as a special issue of Sport in History.
Introduction - Tony Collins 1. ‘An Excellent Means of Combining Fresh Air, Exercise and Society’ Females on the Fairways, 1890-1914 - Jane George 2. Still Going After All These Years: Text, Truth and the Racing Calendar - Joyce Kay 3. The Proto-globalisation of Horseracing 1730-1900: Anglo-American Interconnections - Mike Huggins 4. What Went Wrong with Counting? Thinking about Sport and Class in Britain and Ireland - Mike Cronin 5. Australian Sport History: From the Founding Years to Today - Daryl Adair 6. The Tyranny of Deference: Anglo-Australian Relations and Rugby Union before World War Two - Tony Collins 7. Boxers United: Trade Unionism in British Boxing in the 1930s - Matthew Taylor 8. Deeply Honoured: The Rise and Significance of the British Sporting Award, 1945-c.1970 - Dave Russell 9. ‘In a Yorkshire Like Way’: Cricket and the Construction of Regional Identity in Nineteenth Century Yorkshire - Rob Light 10. ‘Egg and Chips with the Connellys’: Remembering 1966 - Dilwyn Porter 11. Wray Vamplew: A Bibliography 1969-2008 - Richard W. Cox
Tony Collins is Professor of the Social History of Sport at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. As well as writing a trilogy on the history of rugby - Rugby’s Great Split, Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain and A Social History of English Rugby Union - he has also worked with Wray Vamplew on the Encyclopedia of Traditional Rural Sports (all published by Routledge) and Mud, Sweat and Beers: A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol.