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Lunchtime Lecture Explores Life Of Soccer Legend

15th March 2006

Lunchtime Lecture Explores Life Of Soccer Legend

Dr Neal Garnham, a senior lecturer in the School of History and International Affairs, will be presenting a lunchtime lecture entitled, ‘How to play football, win friends and die young: The life of John Reynolds’.


Dr Garnham,  author of Association Football and Society in Pre-Partition Ireland, will be examining the life of John ‘Baldie’ Reynolds, Ireland's first professional footballer and the only man to play soccer for both Ireland and England.  Dr Garnham will chart his life and career from industrial Lancashire, to Newry barracks, the Hawthorns, Parkhead and a coalmine near Sheffield.


Tim Kerr Cultural Development Officer said: “Dr Garnham is an authority on early soccer in Ireland and his presentations are not only enlightening, but they also sparkle with humour and create a warm anecdotal mood. This should be a fascinating treat for sports enthusiasts as well as those who simply enjoy facets of local history presented in an intriguing manner.”


It is taking place on Thursday 16 March at 1pm in the Board Room at the Jordanstown campus. Admission is free.


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