Origins & history of Bradford sport

Bradford shieldI have written a number of articles about the origins of Bradford sport which have been published variously on the following websites: PLAYING PASTS and VINCIT (an online journal of Bradford Sport History) as well as The World Rugby Museum website These, as well as planned future articles, are summarised as below.

Published on PLAYING PASTS

How football clubs fail

The role of social networks on the early development of football

The case of Bradford FC and the origins of football as a business

The origins of professional football in Bradford

Reconsidering 1895 – a Bradford perspective

Published on the World Rugby Museum website…

Bradford’s contribution to rugby history

Published on VINCIT (www.bradfordsporthistory.com)

Bradford City’s record-breaking championship season of 1928/29

Centenary of the Bradford Rugby revival in 1919 and the Scholemoor ground at Lidget Green, Bradford

The role of the railways in the development of Bradford sport

The story of Shipley FC and Bradford’s other c19th junior rugby clubs

The origins of women’s football in Bradford

The significance of sport in shaping a Bradford identity

History of the Bradford Charity Cup

Compendium of Bradford sports club names

The late development of soccer in Bradford

What’s in a name? Semantics about Bradford City and Park Avenue

John Nunn, Bradford physical aesthete

The story of the Belle Vue Hotel, a nineteenth century pub adopted as a sports headquarters in Bradford

150th anniversary of football in Bradford, 1867-2017

The history of Bradford rugby and the case to reassess the split in English rugby in 1895 My findings from investigation of the origins and development of Bradford football provide sufficient evidence to challenge the orthodox view that the split in English rugby was driven by social class as opposed to the economics of sport.

Bradford’s rugby heritage

The myth that the City – Avenue rivalry was based on class politics

The political origins of Bradford Cricket Club in 1836: Blaming the Tories

Cricket: the DNA of Bradford sport

Bradford football: the long view

Other articles are scheduled in coming months on the following subjects:

  • the origins of soccer in Bradford;
  • the history of sports journalism in Bradford;
  • the political history of Odsal Stadium; and
  • Bradford’s forgotten sports grounds.

 

The following features are published on this blog, WOOL CITY RIVALS:

 

About the evolution of BCAFC crests and identities…

Bradford City AFC & the Boar’s Head identity

Application of the Bradford civic crest

How Bradford City became known as the Bantams

The ‘bc’ logo of 1974-81

Bantam identity of the 1980s

The BSA Bantam character

The origins of the City Gent identity

 

Other features…

The visit of Portsmouth and Chelsea supporters to Bradford, February 1912

Situations Wanted – Player adverts

The first Germans at Valley Parade

The development of Valley Parade, 1886-1908

The origins of the stand that burned down at Valley Parade

Harry Garnett’s jug

Odsal Stadium – an unwelcome home for soccer

Harry Hanger ex BCAFC – war casualty?

Talk at Bradford Library 19th May, 2018

Talk at International Conference of Football History, 7th June 2018

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