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1 of 6  Mon 14th Oct 2013 9:44pm  
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No, that's not a typing error, this really is about Motor Cycle Football - a sport at which the local team excelled in the 1920s A match took place at Highfield Road on 16 June 1928 between Coventry and Austria, and I am fortunate that my late father attended the match, and passed down to me the programme for that day I make no apologies for posting a scan of each page of this programme, since it includes many snippets of Coventry history There's the Brandishes, involved as engineer and right-back, together with a company advert; there's Syd Jackson, a TT rider who went on to be a big star in Speedway, appearing at centre-forward; there's a full-page advert for Grindlay-Peerless motorcycles and their agent in Paynes Lane; another advert for Humber motorcycles and their agent in St Mary's Street Also there is a full page history of the Coventry club I've cleaned up the pages in the hope that they are clear to read - I just wish the original was as clean! Enjoy!
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2 of 6  Mon 14th Oct 2013 10:11pm  
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Two years earlier, on their way to winning the Championship of England, Coventry met Wolverhampton (strangely enough, the programme does not show the venue, so whether it took place at Highfield Road, Butts, or somewhere else I do not know - it might even have been the Memorial Park) What the programme does show is the remarkable string of results during the season, which culminated in a goals record of 149 for, 19 against! Oh, and a team photo - with no names Oh my There's a webpage (link) about Wolverhampton rider Tommy Deadman (Dedman in the programme) which includes references to and a photo of matches between his club and Coventry Thumbs up
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Harrier
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3 of 6  Tue 15th Oct 2013 9:24am  
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In the late 20s, early 30s, were not most of the matches played at the 'Angel Ground' where there was a stand for spectators and occasionally at the 'Red House Ground'? A variation was to use a huge ball about 6 or 7 foot diameter but I suppose that was a gimmick to entertain the crowd rather than for serious competition?
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TonyS
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4 of 6  Tue 15th Oct 2013 10:48am  
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Facinating MR - thanks for posting Thumbs up
On 15th Oct 2013 9:24am, Harrier said: ...A variation was to use a huge ball about 6 or 7 foot diameter
Good grief - I wonder how big the goals were! Big grin Thankfully the ball in the last photo appears to be a more 'normal' size Thumbs up
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5 of 6  Thu 28th Nov 2013 3:19pm  
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Here are a couple of links 1927 Final England v Germany at Highfield Road
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6 of 6  Tue 31st Dec 2013 6:17pm  
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I have linked a great video about Ace Motor Club Thumbs up Post moved from topic Ace Motor Club on 3rd Jul 2016 8:56 pm
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