Football/Soccer Lecture at the Royal Society, London

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An Amateur in a Professional Game: Sir Harold Thompson FRS, the FA and English Football
Date: 11 June 2010
Start Time: 1.30pm
Venue: The Royal Society, London
Harold Thompson (1908-1983), as well as being a distinguished physical
chemist and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, is an important but
neglected figure in the history of English football. He is perhaps now
best remembered in terms of his association with the failure of the
England national team in the 1970s; as the man who played a key role in
the sacking of Alf Ramsey as England manager in 1974 and the vetoing of
the appointment of public favourite Brian Clough in 1977.
we delve a little deeper, however, Thompson’s footballing biography is
revealing of the changing traditions and priorities of the English game
in the post-war years. Based on the personal papers he left to the Royal
Society, this talk will examine Harold Thompson’s life in, and
influence on, English football and the Football Association. It will
discuss his amateur background and his role in the foundation of the
combined Oxford and Cambridge Universities side Pegasus FC; his
contributions to international football politics and the development of a
national coaching infrastructure during the 1970s; and his rise to
influence and power at the FA, culminating in his chairmanship between
1976 and 1981.
Professor Matthew Taylor and Dr Neil Carter, International Centre for
Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University
To reserve your seat at this free event please contact Rupert Baker (
Audience members are very welcome to stay on afterwards for a live
screening of the opening game of the World Cup, South Africa v Mexico,
which kicks off at 3:00pm.
Rupert Baker
Library Manager

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