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Hooray for Sport!

Published on July 27th, 2021

We've had a little fun putting together this selection of vintage sporting photographs from The Francis Frith Collection, paired with some famous light-hearted quotes. Hooray for Sport!

"An athlete must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head."
Emil Zatopek, 1922-2000, long-distance runner and Olympic champion.

Photo: Grasmere, The Sports, Junior Running Race c.1940.


"A jump jockey has to throw his heart over the fence - and then go over and catch it."
Dick Francis, author and champion jockey.

Photo: Hawthorn Hill, Horse Racing, The Water Jump c.1888.


"The only Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races ever remembered are those in which one side has gratifyingly sunk."
Miles Kington, journalist and broadcaster.

Photo: Cambridge, Eights On The Cam 1909.


"What a magnificent shot! No, he's out."
Tony Greig, commentating on Australian TV

Photo: Shanklin, Cricket On Small Hope Beach c.1955.


"The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself."
John Rousmaniere, America's Cup historian and author

Photo: Windermere, A Keen Contest c.1880.


"Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake."
Sylvester Stallone, American actor.

Photo: Midhurst, Polo At Cowdray Park c.1960.


"The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score."
Nick Hornby, author of ‘Fever Pitch’, 1992

Photo: Tooting Bec, Common 1952.


On July 18th 1588, Sir Francis Drake was famously playing bowls at Plymouth Ho when the Spanish Armada came into view, sailing up the Channel. A true sportsman, Drake had his priorities right, responding to the imminent threat of England being invaded by the enemy with the words: ‘We still have time to finish the game and to thrash the Spaniards, too.’ Unfortunately for Drake he lost the match, but he made up for it later by thrashing the Armada.

Photo: Beacon Hill, Beacon Hill Bowling Club 1921.


"The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun."
P G Wodehouse, 1881-1975

Photo: Glen Turret, Grouse Shooting 1900.


"Water skiing is the only form of skiing in which skiers can’t end up by accident in a place that is too steep for them."
Henry Beard, ‘Skiing’, 1988

Photo: Poole, Water Skiing At Rockley Sands c.1960.


"If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball."
Jack Lemmon, American actor, in ‘Sports Illustrated’, 9 December 1985.

Photo: Hindhead, Golf House And George Pownall Teeing Off 1907.


"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
Edmund Hillary, 1919-2008, the first climber to scale Everest

Photo: Eskdale Green, Climbing Gate House Crag, Outward Bound Mountain School c.1955.


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