How Leicester Made Rugby a World Game

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Tony Collins
Type Lectures & Talks
When 20 Feb 2017, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price Visitors Welcome £3
For Bookings Contact No booking is required.

Professor Collins will explore the rich traditions of the game of rugby in the East Midlands that stretch back to the early nineteenth century and highlight the links between the popularity of the sport and the growth of Leicester as a modern industrial city. He will also examine the pivotal role that the city played in the development of rugby in the early twentieth century and argues that if it was not for the Leicester Tigers, rugby would not have become the world game it is today. Tony Collins is Professor of History in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. He also acts as an historical consultant to the Rugby Football League. He has three times been awarded the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History book of the year for his books, 'Rugby's Great Split', 'Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain' and 'A Social History of English Rugby Union'. His most recent publication is 'The Oval World, Mud, Sweat and Beers'.

This lecture is sponsored by the Leicester Mercury and is their Media Lecture.

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