Category 20th century sport

Who has taken our Cup?

It was in London on Sunday 20th March 1966 that it was realised that the Football’s World Cup was missing – assumed stolen. It had been on exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster, London. The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappeared while a church service was taking place in another part of the building. […]

The aftermath of the past is recalled in a challenge of the present.

The Munich crash had claimed the lives of eight United players – and two more were maimed so badly that they never played again.  Matt Busby – the team’s master and leader – was hovering between life and death in a German hospital so Jimmy Murphy, his assistant manager, took control.   He needed to find […]

Where has my horse gone?

Wednesday 8th February 1983 was the day the racehorse Shergar was stolen from its stables at the Ballymany stud in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. At about 8.30 on that winter evening a Ford Granada pulling a horsebox, a van and another car entered the stable yard where Shergar ‘lived’. Two masked and armed men burst […]

Manchester United – Munich – and me

It was on Monday 6th February 1958 that the Munich air disaster occurred when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Rien Airport, West Germany. On that plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes”, along with supporters and journalists. Twenty […]

It’s January 1966 and the future of the Monte Carlo rally is put into doubt.

January 22, 2018 · by talkinghistory2013 · in 20th century, 20th century conflict, 20th century sport, Cars · Leave a comment ·Edit It was in 1909 that, at the ‘request’ of Prince Albert of Monaco, the Automobile Club de Monaco started planning a car rally.  The participants would start at points all over Europe and […]

I found a memory out of nowhere

Patrick Barron “Paddy” Hopkirk is a former rally driver from Northern Ireland.  He was born in Belfast and educated in County Kildare from 1945–1949 before attending Trinity College, Dublin until 1953.  He was awarded the MBE Honour in the 2016 New Year’s Honour’s list. I recently re-discovered some of my notes about Paddy that brought […]

War in England & Golf in America – two countries soon to be ‘playing together

  On this day – Thursday 29th August 1940 – the Daily Sketch headlined: NAZIS RAID LONDON – AND 13 TOWNS.  The sub-headings said that ‘Mr. Churchill Sees Coast Battles’.  However, it was the ‘INSIDE INFORMATION’ piece that caught my eye.  The following are just three pieces from that information: Many complaints are being made […]