In September 1972, the 'Irish Champions' Jeyes went on a four-match tour of France to play against Stade de Reims. This tour was a landmark moment for women’s football in Ireland. 1972, was just one year after UEFA had recognised women's football and ten years before they organised the first official competition for women. The BSSH funded a reunion for the team on 11 August 2022 so that they could share their memories of the tour and ensure that their story is documented. Their story gives us a better understanding of the wider development of women’s football during that period.
The 2022 BSSH Conference has come and gone, thankfully without a hitch. It would be remiss not to begin by thanking Martin Polley, Heather Dichter, Matt Taylor, Neil Carter and a small army of undergraduate, master and PhD students for creating a wonderful conference. We began liaising with the DMU team in late 2021 and I'm still in awe of their attention to detail, consideration and drive for creating the best possible conference. As our near eighty attendees will attest, their efforts paid off and then some.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2022 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is Dr Heather Dichter for Bidding for the 1968 Olympic Games: International Sport’s Cold War Battle with NATO (University of Massachusetts Press).
The Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is awarded each year for the best book on any aspect of the history of sport in Britain, or for the best book on any aspect of sports history written by a British author. We're now accepting nominations for titles published in 2021!
The BSSH is committed to supporting the work of postgraduate and early career researchers. This new prize (first award in August 2022) aims to provide an outlet for the exciting work that BSSH members are carrying out.
The Sport in History Best Article Award for 2020-21 was presented to Rafaelle Nicholson (Bournemouth University) and Matthew Taylor (DMU) for their article 'Women, sport and the people’s war in Britain, 1939–45'.