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Emily Davison 1872-1913 “Deeds not words”

4 Jun

The brave Suffragette Emily Davison was trampled by King George V’s horse Anmer, 4th June 1913 at the Epsom Derby (Emily died from her injuries 4 days later).

Emily had been a militant campaigner for the suffragette movement. Emily was able to promote the movement by resistance and publicity stunts. In 1911 she hid in Westminster Palace overnight so she could fill her census form as, place of residence “House of Commons”. Emily chained herself to buildings, heckled the Prime Minister and threw stones at Government coaches.

Emily had been jailed a number of times. Whilst in Strangeways Prison – Manchester, she went on hunger strike causing the prison forced feed her. Emily on release managed to win compensation, through the courts for the Prisons and Wardens actions.

Emily’s grave stone reads, “Deeds not words” – something we need to be reminded of, we tend to be spectators of life as events unfold around us.

An interesting fact is that Herbet Jones, who was the Jockey riding Anmer at the Epson Race committed suicide in 1951. He was said to have been haunted by the Epsom incident his entire life.

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Gary Lineker debut

26 May

gary Lineker, England Striker

One of England’s finest goalscorers made his début on this day in 1984.

“Legendary goal poacher Gary Lineker made his England debut in the last ever British Home Championship match on this day in 1984.

The Leicester City forward was just 23 when he replaced Tony Woodcock in the fixture against Scotland at Hampden Park; thrown on by Bobby Robson in the 72nd minute in an attempt to find a winning goal with the score at 1-1.

Unfortunately it was not to be the dream debut for Lineker with the game finishing in a stalemate, a result that meant all four nations – Northern Ireland and Wales included – ended the tournament on three points and were only separated by goal difference – the Irish coming out on top.”

An interesting fact about England striker Gary is he finished his international career with 48 goals and not one yellow card in 80 appearances, earning him the title England’s Mr Nice.

England win: England 6 Germany 3

14 May

England team in Germany 1938

Interesting facts about England; This day in 1938 England played Germany, clashing just before the second World War (which started 16 months later). The game should have been remembered for the England win (6-3) and the magnificent venue of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium where around 110,000 went to watch the match.

Instead in a politicly correct stunt, the England team were ordered to give the Nazi Salute prior to the game (one does not want to offend). The resulting image sat painfully with a nation and the Nazi saluting players. Eddie Hapgood, England’s captain summed up his feelings “I’ve been in a shipwreck, a train cash, and inches short of a plane crash but the worst (thing) of my life was giving the Nazi salute in Berlin.”