Encyclopedia of British Sport

by Richard Cox, Grant Jarvie, and Wray Vamplew

Foreword by Tim Henman

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December 2000


Pages 463
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Popular Culture/Sports, Recreation, and Leisure
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An authoritative, one stop overview of the history of sports in Britain from the earliest times to the present.

This remarkable volume should become the standard reference source for the history of British sport. It covers the sociology and psychology of sports, major events such as the cricket Test Matches and Wimbledon, key issues such as racism and drugs, and sport in drama, literature, and the media.


  • Contains over 300 entries covering individual sports, sporting controversies, issues and concepts, key individuals, famous clubs, competitions, events, and incidents
  • Comprehensive introduction
  • Detailed chronology
  • Bibliography and illustrations


  • An authoritative reference source written by some of the leading experts in British sports history
  • Provides comprehensive coverage and examines both the history and contemporary position of British sport in a wider social, economic, and cultural context
Author Info

Richard Cox is director of the Institute of Science and Technology at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England. He is founder and past chairman of the British Society of Sports History.

Grant Jarvie is professor and director of the Scottish Centre for Sports Studies at the University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland.

Wray Vamplew is professor and director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.



"An excellent reference source. . . . Recommended for public libraries serving communities interested in British sports."Choice

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