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Exhibition puts local sports stars from years gone by in the spotlight

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

12/05/14 Sporting history exhibition - Sharpes Pottery, Swadlincote Sporting history exhibition, Sharpes Pottery....Chris Wood..

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FOOTBALL historian Chris Wood is hoping as many sports fans as possible will come and enjoy his new exhibition.

Chris, from Yoxall, has been busy putting local sport in the spotlight at an exhibition being held at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in Swadlincote.

Along with other volunteers at The Magic Attic history archive, Chris has been collating the sports memorabilia held in the collection and is now putting some of the best items and photographs on display.

Chris said: “The emphasis is on football and cricket, but we think all the displays will be of interest as they span the last 125 years of sporting activities in the area.”

Among the treasures are pictures of Swadlincote boxer Jack Bodell sparring with Cassius Clay in 1966, and Newhall footballer Ben Warren, who played for Derby County and Chelsea and was capped 22 times by England in the early 1900s.

There is also a tribute to Swadlincote cyclist George Newberry, who gained a bronze medal at the 1952 Olympics.

Burton Albion feature strongly in the exhibition, along with their old rivals Gresley Rovers.

The exhibition will be on display on the ground floor at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum until the end of the month..

It can be seen from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and also tomorrow to coincide with the classic car show being held in Swadlincote.

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