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Football and Camp Ball in Cambridge and East Anglia Since the 14th Century

22 September 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Join us for the next in our series of ‘Cambridge Talks’ as we talk all things football with Nigel Fenner

Whilst most famous for being the birthplace of the modern-day laws of football in the middle of the 19th Century, Cambridge and East Anglia also boast a long and illustrious association with the game, including the folk-version, called Camp Ball across East Anglia – going back to at least the 14th Century. This Zoom presentation follows an imaginary tour though Cambridge starting at St John’s College and finishing on Parker’s Piece, with reference also to the 200+ Camp Ball sites across East Anglia.

Nigel Fenner won his Football Blue for Cambridge University, where he trained as a teacher. Related to Frank Fenner, the local tobacconist who founded Fenner’s Ground, Nigel’s other ‘Town links’ include living and working locally since 1981, mostly with disaffected young people. He now runs Cambridge Sports Tours and will be publishing ‘Cambridge Sport: In Fenners’ Hands’ by the end of 2021.

All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the Museum of Cambridge.  

How to attend this talk:

This talk will be held on Zoom. There is no need to download any software- you can access the talk via your usual internet browser from the comfort of your own home. Cup of tea/glass of wine is optional!

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Football and Camp Ball in Cambridge and East Anglia Since the 14th Century


22 September 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159