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Midland Red
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1 of 16  Sun 10th Jul 2016 7:54pm  
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Any offers against Max Woosnam? Oh my
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Dreamtime
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2 of 16  Mon 11th Jul 2016 6:40am  
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Yes, I think we have to agree after reading all about him MR, a real 'all rounder ' Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
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3 of 16  Mon 11th Jul 2016 7:16pm  
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Wow, how come he's not a well known name, eh! Is there anything that man couldn't do??? I certainly can't think of anyone who comes close to that level of versatility and accomplishment.
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Kaga simpson
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4 of 16  Tue 12th Jul 2016 10:18am  
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MR. Isn't that the same guy I posted about some time back? You are also forgetting that he was a pro amongst amateurs. Can you imagine in the 1920's some Coventry kid saying to his 'boss hey I want time off to play amateur for Man United', 'yeh take all the time you want'. Or some working kid say 'I'm taking time off to go to Wimbledon, and you can pay all expenses'. He had the money to train, travel and compete, a pro among working class people. Yes he had some talent, but the money counted. Without it he was an also ran. I do not doubt for one minute a 147 break happened at Longford Hall many moons ago. It was not uncommon for school teams to be the same people in soccer, cricket and athletics back in the thirties even. I feel people today forget what the class system was in the old days and the effect it had on their lives.
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Midland Red
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5 of 16  Tue 12th Jul 2016 11:19am  
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Ooh, Kaga Oh my don't shoot the messenger! His record speaks for itself, cannot be taken away. His life is chronicled in the book All Round Genius – The Unknown Story of Britain's Greatest Sportsman, by Mick Collins. Who's your nomination, then? Wink
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Kaga simpson
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6 of 16  Tue 12th Jul 2016 5:02pm  
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MR Yes I guess it seems I'm butting in your topic, forgive me, but I knew roughly his background from way back, and yes you can't take his record from him, but there were many in those days, given his opportunities, would have got close to his record. I'm sure I posted a story about him some time back because I remembered pieces about him. When was the book printed? No I have no nomination, but one of the bravest sportsmen I witnessed was Sydney Wooderson.
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Midland Red
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7 of 16  Tue 12th Jul 2016 5:51pm  
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2006 Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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8 of 16  Wed 13th Jul 2016 9:08am  
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thank you.
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Kaga simpson
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9 of 16  Sun 24th Jul 2016 5:43pm  
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Midland Red, not quite the same, but there were many multi talented people way back that hit the papers quite often. CB Fry was one I remember. so I looked him up. Cricketer, politician, diplomat, academic, teacher, writer, editor, publisher. Known as the king of of English sportsmen. Played for Southampton in the FA Cup Final. Equalled the world long jump, played rugby for the Barbarians. We kids in the thirties had our sports heroes that were always hitting the headlines.
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Old Lincolnian
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10 of 16  Sun 24th Jul 2016 5:53pm  
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Hi Kaga Wave , Fry could also apparently jump from a standing start on to a mantelpiece. I'm not sure how you discover you can do that as I've never come across anybody who has tried it - mind you, you need to be sure the mantelpiece was well secured in the first placeRoll eyes . Edited by member, 24th Jul 2016 5:55 pm
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Kaga simpson
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11 of 16  Sun 24th Jul 2016 6:13pm  
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Not British, but idolized by thousands of British kids in the thirties was Johnny Weismuller, his swimming record is worth reading. He also inspired a lot of English kids to take up swimming and improve their health. Old Lincolnian. Well the mantelpieces were strong enough, and wide enough in those days. Roger Watkins (diver) from the Livingstone pool, I once saw do a standing somersault, about three feet off the ground on the pavement outside the said pool. I had to offer my apologies hastily, don't doubt people so much after that.
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Kaga simpson
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12 of 16  Mon 1st Aug 2016 1:53pm  
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Old Lincolnian, I was watching Tom Daley on Saturday night, when all of a sudden he leapt off the floor onto a ledge, an enormous leap, I wondered if you were watching? Kaga.
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Old Lincolnian
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13 of 16  Mon 1st Aug 2016 4:18pm  
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Sorry Kaga, I missed that but I'll keep my eyes open for it. I suppose diving is one of the sports where you would develop strong leg muscles especially with the modern training methods. OL
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Old Lincolnian
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14 of 16  Thu 25th Aug 2016 3:39pm  
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Hi Kaga Wave , have you seen the Peaty press-up Adam Peaty Press-Up It almost looks as if he's on a wire
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Kaga simpson
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15 of 16  Thu 25th Aug 2016 7:33pm  
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OL No I have not seen that clip before, probably higher than most, but without trying to be critical in anyway I often saw it done by Coventry's own Graham Symonds - must be a swimmers' exercise - but back in those days one was criticised if not head up facing front, but a very hard exercise indeed. Thank you for for the link. Kaga.
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