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Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History shortlist announced

6th July 2010

The British Society of Sports History has announced the shortlist for its annual Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History.

Football, rugby, cricket and darts are the subjects covered by the five books on the shortlist.

In-depth analysis of English and Welsh rugby is presented in two of the histories - Huw Richards's The Red and The White: The Story of England v Wales Rugby and Tony Collins's A Social History of English Rugby Union.

J. A. Mangan and Colm Hickey's Soccer's Missing Men: Schoolteachers and the Spread of Association Football, and Anthony Bateman's Cricket, Literature and Culture: Symbolising the Nation, Destabilising Empire cover two of Britain's other popular team sports.

Dr Patrick Chaplin completes the list with his work, Darts in England, 1900 to 1939.

Speaking to the Maldon Standard about being shortlisted, Dr Chaplin said: 'Clearly I am hoping that my work will be considered by the judges to be original enough to pip the others at the post but, as they say at the Oscars, it's an honour to be nominated.'

Dr Chaplin spent 12 years researching and writing his book.

The overall winner of the prize will be announced at the British Society of Sports History conference, which is being held on September 10th and 11th.

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