‘The Origins of Soccer in Bradford’
A talk by Rob Grillo with an introduction by John Dewhirst
Bradford Local Studies Library,
Margaret McMillan Tower (side entrance), Princes Way,
Saturday 8 June
For further details and to book a place please contact Bradford Local Studies Library on 01274 433688 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the second half of the nineteenth century Bradford established a proud reputation as a leading centre of sport and was known for the enthusiasm and prowess of its sports clubs. Bradford City and Bradford (Park Avenue) football clubs need no introduction, but over the years there have been a myriad of amateur football teams that have strived to better themselves.
Rob Grillo is the author of several sporting histories. His most recent book ‘Late to the Game’ covers the early years of association football in Bradford.
He will speak about his research findings; the early teams and league and cup competitions in the city as well as the early pioneers of the sport. He will also explain how the growth of soccer in the West Riding in the early years was affected by the region’s professional rugby league clubs.
John Dewhirst is well known for his interest in the history of Bradford sport in particular football and Bradford City AFC. He was co-founder of the City Gent fanzine and has authored several books in the BantamsPast series.
Come along and meet these two experts. Hear about the remarkable story of Bradford’s sporting history and there will be the opportunity to ask questions after the talk.
There will be a display to accompany the event which will remain in the Local Studies library until the end of June.