Cars, cricket, and Alf Smith: the place of works-based sports and social clubs in the life of mid-twentieth century Coventry
International Journal of the History of Sport, 19, (1), .
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A modest rise in disposable income plus increased leisure time ensured a key role for workplace sports and social clubs in Midland towns and cities spared the worst effects of the Depression. Affluent workers in Coventry before and after the Second World War played representative sport - most notably cricket and football - for a variety of work-based clubs, while rarely translating team spirit into company loyalty. Biography can offer an illuminating insight in to the lifestyle of an urban workforce which retained a clear class-based and community identity from the aftermath of the Great War through to the early 1970s.
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