Which internationally-known wrestler was said to be 'the most popular man in New Cross' in the late 19th century? Where was the country's first stock car race held? Which Goldsmiths athlete went on to coach the British Olympics team? Which local school's playing fields were once graced by England’s greatest cricketer?
This event will include three talks on the sporting history of the New Cross area told through some of the places used to play, compete and spectate. The New Cross Stadium, the Den, wrestling and boxing gyms, horse racing and running tracks, cycling, roller skating, the New Cross Public Hall, Laurie Grove Baths, Fordham Park and more. As well as sporting venues (many now vanished) these places have been important centres of social and cultural life.
Sarah Elizabeth Cox (Grappling with History) researching Victorian wrestling and trainee Lucha Libre wrestler
Prof. Les Back (Goldsmiths), sociologist including co-author of 'The Changing Face of Football: racism, identity and multiculture in the English game'
Neil Gordon-Orr (Go Feet), local historian and member of Lewisham's finest Kent Athletic Club