British Olympic Football

British Olympic Football

Wednesday 23rd March 2011 at 6pm

Lankaster Lecture Theatre (University College London)
Medawar Building,
Malet Place (off Torrington Place),
London WC1
(For directions click here)

Given by: Steve Menary


In this presentation, author and journalist Steve Menary draws on his newly published book on the history of the British Olympic football team to look at the implications for the return of the team next year in London. He will cover the team from its origins and success at the 1908 Olympics in London through the 1936 Olympics in Berlin – the first time that the four Home Nations united at football – to the team’s performance at the last London Olympics in 1948 under Matt Busby, its subsequent decline and disappearance after the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In addition, he will cover the dominant role of England in the team during the team’s history, why the return of the team prompted the withdrawal of Scotland and Wales and what this will all mean for the Team GB XI competing at the 2012 Olympics Games in London.

Reviews of GB United? British Olympic football and the end of the amateur dream:

  • “Exemplary research, grasp of his material and eye for a quirky fact keep up the interest” – Independent on Sunday
  • “Excellent” – Keir Radnedge
  • “Inspiring tales of those who considered the Games to be the ultimate make this a worthy read” – Four Four Two magazine



Steve Menary trained as a chef but for the last dozen years or so has worked as a journalist. He was a city reporter at The Scotsman before becoming a freelance writer and author in 2001. He writes mostly about business and sport and is a regular contributor to World Soccer magazine, and has been saddled with supporting AFC Bournemouth for as long as he can remember.

For further details on this Seminar Series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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