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Cambridge Sport: In Fenner's Hands

Author(s): Nigel Fenner

ISBN: 9781739330408
Publication Date: 1/05/2023
Pages: 300
Format: Hardback
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'Fenner's' is well known in Cambridge, even amongst those who know little about cricket, but being named after the University Cricket Ground is currently Frank Fenner's only legacy.

His hands had quite a reputation though, being described a few years before he died as:

'worthy of preservation in a glass case in the pavilion at Lord's, like Galileo's at Florence, as trophies of his suffering and glory. Broken, distorted, mutilated, half-nailless, they resemble the hoof of a rhinoceros, almost as much as a human hand.'

So how did a local tobaconist warrant such comparison with Galileo?

At this time, in the second half of the ninteenth century, England was experiencing a sporting revolution that went global, with Cambridge, and perhaps Frank Fenner, having a siginificant impact. This was despite the challengingrelationship the Town had with the University,which explains in part the 'suffering' evident on Frank's hands.

Nigel Fenner, related to Frank, came to Cambridge to train as a teacher, also acquiring a University football Blue. Today Nigel leads Cambridge Sports Tours which is why Cambridge Sport: In Fenner's Hands is structured as a walking tour.

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