England’s sporting obsession

Robert Colls discusses the importance of sport to English society over the past 200 years

Robert Colls discusses the importance of sport to English society over the past 200 years. (Image by Getty Images)

Robert Colls, author of This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England, 1760-1960, discusses the critical role that our love of sport has played in English civil society over the past two centuries – from 19th-century prize fighters to the magic of Bobby Charlton.

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