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Background imageMatch Collection: 1888 Matchgirl Strike

1888 Matchgirl Strike
Some of the 1400 strikers at the Bryant & May match factory, the first strike by unorganised workers to gain national publicity

Background imageMatch Collection: The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon

The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon
The Tennis fortnight at Wimbledon is for many the most thrilling period of the summer season. All roads to Wimbledon are literally crowded with tennis enthusiasts moving towards the great concrete

Background imageMatch Collection: Scottish Curling 1912

Scottish Curling 1912
An exciting finish to a curling match in Scotland

Background imageMatch Collection: Poster for Englands Glory Matches

Poster for Englands Glory Matches
Strike out foreign competition by buying Englands Glory Matches: advertisement featuring a boxing match taking place on a ring made of match boxes between British and German pugilists

Background imageMatch Collection: Match at Hambledon / 1777

Match at Hambledon / 1777
A cricket match at Hambledon, Hampshire. The club was founded in 1750, and beat a strong All-England team in 1777. The early matches were played on Broadhalfpenny Down

Background imageMatch Collection: Shire horse team during Ploughing Match

Shire horse team during Ploughing Match
A team of white Shire horses competing in a ploughing match. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageMatch Collection: Real Tennis & Racquets

Real Tennis & Racquets
The racquets used to play the game are depicted below a match in progress. Date: 1771

Background imageMatch Collection: Rugby at Murrayfield stadium, Scotland

Rugby at Murrayfield stadium, Scotland
Scotland triumphs over England in the Calcutta Cup championship, during the opening match for the newly built Murrayfield stadium which was inaugurated in March 1925. Date: 1925

Background imageMatch Collection: Pub Darts Match

Pub Darts Match
A serious darts match held in the Merlins Cave, Clerkenwell, between the home team and the Lord High Admiral in the Barclay League

Background imageMatch Collection: Advertisement for Triumph Renown motor car

Advertisement for Triumph Renown motor car
Advertisement for the Triumph Renown motor car -- all thats best in Britain. Featuring a traditional cricket match on a village green on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 1951

Background imageMatch Collection: Discovery of a Dandelion on Centre Court

Discovery of a Dandelion on Centre Court
The crowd, groundsmen, officials and players on the Centre Court of Wimbledon are astonished to discover the presence of a cheeky dandelion on the court

Background imageMatch Collection: Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County F. A. Cup Final, 1898

Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County F. A. Cup Final, 1898
Illustration of John McPherson scoring the third goal for Nottingham Forest in their F.A. Cup Final Match against Derby County, played at Crystal Palace, London, 1898

Background imageMatch Collection: Don Bradman Going out to Bat for the Last Time, Melbourne Cr

Don Bradman Going out to Bat for the Last Time, Melbourne Cr
Photograph of Don Bradman going out to bat, during his last first-class cricket match; a game between Bradmans XI and L. Hassetts XI, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 1948

Background imageMatch Collection: Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette

Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette
I am not sure whether it is my turn. (to write the postcard or to serve!!) A smart Gentleman makes a courteous enquiry to his glamorous young female table tennis companion. Date: circa 1904

Background imageMatch Collection: Sussex Vs. Kent C. 1840

Sussex Vs. Kent C. 1840
A wonderful picture of the match between the sides at Brighton, with many of the top players of past and present, including Alfred Mynn, Felix, Wisden and Wenman (batting)

Background imageMatch Collection: 1909 FA Cup Final: Manchester United beats Bristol City 1-0

1909 FA Cup Final: Manchester United beats Bristol City 1-0
The Football Association Cup Final at the Crystal Palace, where Manchester United beat Bristol City by one goal to nil. Players including A. Turnbull, C. Roberts, W

Background imageMatch Collection: Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for football match

Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for football match
Officers of the Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for a football match between Fulham FC and West Ham United FC Reserves, competing for the Combination Cup

Background imageMatch Collection: Rugby match, South Africa v Somerset

Rugby match, South Africa v Somerset
A rugby match between South Africa (the Springboks) and Somerset, probably at Taunton, UK. A Somerset player is picking up the ball

Background imageMatch Collection: The Graf Zeppelin over Wembley during the F. A. Cup Final

The Graf Zeppelin over Wembley during the F. A. Cup Final
Photograph showing Wembley Stadium, during the Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal F.A. Cup Final of 1930, with the Graf Zeppelin in the sky above

Background imageMatch Collection: Old & Young Tom Morris

Old & Young Tom Morris
A golf match involving Willie Park, Old Tom Morris, and Young Tom Morris at Leith Links, Scotland

Background imageMatch Collection: Crabble Cricket ground, Dover

Crabble Cricket ground, Dover
The lovely Crabble cricket ground at Dover, Kent, which was used by Kent County Cricket Club from 1907 to 1976. The match in progress is between Kent and Yorkshire

Background imageMatch Collection: 1st Golf International

1st Golf International
The first international golf match - England v Scotland at Hoylake : Robert Maxwell is about to drive for Scotland, while John Ball junior (England) is nearest left

Background imageMatch Collection: France V Scotland Rugby

France V Scotland Rugby
A Scottish player is tackled by a pair of Frenchmen. The match finished in a draw at 3- 3

Background imageMatch Collection: Real Tennis at Lord s

Real Tennis at Lord s
A match is played at Lords Court, London. Date: circa 1860

Background imageMatch Collection: Celebrated horse lexington (5 yrs. old) by Boston out of Ali

Celebrated horse lexington (5 yrs. old) by Boston out of Alice Carneal: Bred by Dr. Warfield, owned by R. Ten Broeck, esq

Background imageMatch Collection: Poster, Polo season at Deauville, France

Poster, Polo season at Deauville, France Deauville Saison de Polo, Date: circa 1938

Background imageMatch Collection: Early view of Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the

Early view of Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the (shrouded in cloud) in the background. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageMatch Collection: Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia

Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia, with a crowd of spectators watching a match. Date: circa 1909

Background imageMatch Collection: Boys hockey

Boys hockey
Scene from a boys hockey match. Bullying off. Date: 1903

Background imageMatch Collection: Scotland vs. England Football Match, 1872

Scotland vs. England Football Match, 1872
Illustrations from the Scotland vs. England Friendly of 30th November 1872, played at West of Scotland Cricket Club Ground, Partick, near Glasgow

Background imageMatch Collection: Don Bradman square cuts at Lords, 1930

Don Bradman square cuts at Lords, 1930
Photograph of Don Bradman square cutting during the second Test Match between England and Australia, held at Lords Cricket Ground, London, 1930

Background imageMatch Collection: Curling in Scotland 1869

Curling in Scotland 1869
A curling match in Scotland

Background imageMatch Collection: A Baseball Game

A Baseball Game
Grand match for the championship at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey

Background imageMatch Collection: Women Playing Polo

Women Playing Polo
A womans polo hat flies off and her horse rears up as she strikes the ball in a polo match

Background imageMatch Collection: Bryant and May safety match matchbox label

Bryant and May safety match matchbox label
Bryant and May special safety match matchbox label with prize medals and stating protection from fire and are not poisonous Date: c. 1910s

Background imageMatch Collection: Jack Johnson in a boxing match

Jack Johnson in a boxing match
Jack Johnson (1878-1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, African-American world heavyweight champion boxer, 1908-1915, standing at the ropes in a boxing match with an unidentified opponent

Background imageMatch Collection: Leyton Cricket Ground

Leyton Cricket Ground
Essex host 1902 champions Yorkshire in a County Championship cricket match at the Leyton Ground, East London. Essex are in the field, with Denton and Wilkinson batting for Yorkshire

Background imageMatch Collection: Bryant and May Match Factory

Bryant and May Match Factory
Girls feeding a machine at the Bryant & May match factory, in Bow, East London, at the time a tax on matches was being discussed in the budget. Date: 1916

Background imageMatch Collection: Blackheath versus London Scottish Rugby match

Blackheath versus London Scottish Rugby match
A rugby match between Blackheath and London Scottish rugby clubs. The picture shows Harry Coverdale of Blackheath being collared at the end of a great run

Background imageMatch Collection: Bryant & May Matchworks

Bryant & May Matchworks
Bryant & Mays match factory, Fairfield Works. Date: 1878

Background imageMatch Collection: Aerial View of Lords Cricket Ground, London, 1921

Aerial View of Lords Cricket Ground, London, 1921
Aerial photograph of Lords Cricket Ground during the second Test Match between England and Australia, 11th June 1921. On this day 30, 000 spectators crammed into Lord s

Background imageMatch Collection: Barrel Girl

Barrel Girl
Bottoms up! A little girl accidentally reveals the fact that her knickers match her dress as she leans over a water butt!

Background imageMatch Collection: Old Japanese Matchbox label of a cat playing with a lion

Old Japanese Matchbox label of a cat playing with a lion made in Japan for the Chinese market Date: c. 1910s

Background imageMatch Collection: Pishiobury Approved School, Hertfordshire

Pishiobury Approved School, Hertfordshire
Aerial view of the Approved School at Pishiobury, near Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. A cricket match is taking place. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageMatch Collection: Frank Sugg cricket bats

Frank Sugg cricket bats advert, 1906 Date: 1906

Background imageMatch Collection: The FA Cup Final 1930

The FA Cup Final 1930
Photographs from the Football Association Challenge Cup Final of 1930 between Arsenal and Huddersfield. The two distinguished guests during the game were King George V

Background imageMatch Collection: Score-board at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 1901

Score-board at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 1901
Photograph of the Sydney Cricket Ground Score-board during the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia, 8th January 1901

Background imageMatch Collection: Blackburn Olympic vs. Old Etonians F. A. Cup Final, 1883

Blackburn Olympic vs. Old Etonians F. A. Cup Final, 1883
Engraving showing a number of scenes from the F.A. Cup Final of 1883, played between Blackburn Olympic and the Old Etonians at Kennington Oval, London. The match was won by Blackburn 2-1



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