Sunday 16th July – entry to display from 1pm / talk starts at 2pm
Herbert Luckock was vicar of All Saints Church, Cambridge for 10 years from the 1860s, not long after being responsible, alongside other Cambridge University students, for creating the early laws of Association Football (featured today on the ‘Cambridge Rules 1848’ sculpture on Parker’s Piece).
In a talk by Cambridge blue Nigel Fenner the contribution by Cambridge students is discussed before focusing on the remarkable, yet mostly hidden history of local football, called Camp-ball, which was played at over 30 known sites within 20 miles of Cambridge. Nigel has a fascinating book out on the history of sport in Cambridge: very well illustrated, a substantial contribution and a modestly priced reference work:
You can order this book here: https://www.cambridgebookshop.co.uk/products/cambridge-sport-in-fenners-hands
The event is supported by LFA, who will provide a small display of historic Fine Art and Antiquities depicting aspects of football history in Eastern England over the last 1000 years.
The venue for the talk, All Saints Church, Jesus Lane is recognised as ‘a triumph of Victorian art and design’, being also worth a visit as a hidden gem in Cambridge.
Price: £10 ( – fundraising for All Saints Church) – book via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/football-history-and-all-saints-church-tickets-633229936787
There are no toilets at All Saints, and parking nearby is on road / pay and display – cheaper on Sundays.