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Professor Tony Collins

Job: Professor of History

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7315

E: tcollins@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/sportshistory

 

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Monographs: 

  • Rugby; A Global History, Bloomsbury (in preparation, Summer 2015) 
  • Sport in Capitalist Society: a short history, Routledge (in press, March 2013) 
  • A Social History of English Rugby Union, Routledge, 2009 
  • Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain, Routledge, 2006 
  • Mud, Sweat and Beers. A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol (with Wray Vamplew), Berg, 2002 
  • Rugby’s Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football, Cass, 1998. 

Essay Collections 

  • 1895 And All That: Essays in Rugby League History, SSP, 2009 

Edited Books 

  • Sport As History: Essays in Honour of Wray Vamplew, Routledge, 2010 
  • The Glory of their Times: crossing the colour line in rugby league (with Phil Melling), Vertical Editions, 2004 
  • Encyclopedia of Traditional Rural Sports (with John Martin & Wray Vamplew), Routledge,  2005 

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • ‘The rugby player’s fear of the penalty:  aspects of the “diffusion” of rugby’ Ethnologie française, v.41, n. 4, Oct 2011.
  • ‘National myths, imperial pasts and the origins of Australian Rules football’ in Stephen Wagg (ed.), Myths and Milestones in Sports History, Palgrave, 2011.
  • ‘Amateurism and the rise of Managerialism: the case of English Rugby Union, 1871-2003’ in Neil Carter (ed.) Coaching Cultures, Routledge, 2010,  pp. 104-20.
  • ‘The Tyranny of Deference: Anglo-Australian Relations and Rugby Union football to 1939’, Sport in History,  v. 28, no. 2. June 2009.
  • ‘The First Principle of the Game: the rise and fall of amateur rugby union’ in Greg Ryan (ed.) The Changing Face of Rugby: The Union Game and Professionalism since 1995, Cambridge, 2008, pp. 1-19.

Research interests/expertise

  • History of sport
  • British social history from 1850
  • British Imperial history

Areas of teaching

  • British Social and Political History 1850 to the present
  • History of Sport and Leisure
  • History of Twentieth Century Russia 

Qualifications

BA (Hons) History & Politics

PhD

Courses taught

MA Sports History & Culture

FIFA Master

Honours and awards

Fellowships:

  • 2007: Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, Sir Robert Menzies Centre, University of London
  • 2004: Fellowship, Council of Australian State Libraries, 2004-05

Book Prizes:

  • A Social History of English Rugby Union, Routledge, 2009
    - winner, Aberdare Prize for sports history book of the year, 2010
    - shortlisted, North American Society for the History of Sport book of the year, 2010
    - chosen as a sports book of 2009 by the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Independent on Sunday
  • Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain, Routledge, 2006
    - winner, Aberdare Prize for sports history book of the year, 2007
    - shortlisted, North American Society for the History of Sport book of the year, 2007
  • Mud, Sweat and Beers. A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol (with Wray Vamplew), Berg, 2002
    - shortlisted, North American Society for the History of Sport book of the year, 2003
  • Rugby’s Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football, Cass, 1998.
    - winner, Aberdare Prize for sports history book of the year, 1999

Membership of external committees

  • Rugby League Foundation  – Trustee
  • Rugby Football Union – member of Museum Advisory Committee 

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Society of Sports History (chairperson 2001-2)
  • International Society for the History of Physical Education & Sport
  • Sports history associations of North America and Australia

Consultancy work

  • Rugby Football League
    - currently developing a heritage roadshow for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
    - adviser on project to erect a statue at Wembley Stadium.
  • Rugby Football Union. Current projects are:
    - development of a research grant proposal to fund a project on the oral history of the England national rugby union team
    - formulating a funding bid for a project researching the history of women’s rugby.
  • National Football Museum. Current projects are:
    - joint acquisition of the UEFA library, the world’s largest collection of European football literature
    - development of a National Sports Archive. The Arts Council England has just awarded us a Small Project Grant of £5,000 to run a pilot project
    - a programme of conferences, lectures and other activities to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Football Association, to take place in 2013.
  • Supreme Court UK
    - Collaboration on an exhibition on ‘The Olympics and the Law’ to be staged at the Supreme Court and then on tour around the UK. July 2012.
  • MCC
    - Joint conference with the MCC and the RFU for Olympic Year ‘Moving the Goalposts: Sport in Transition in 2012’ on 19 April at Lords. Guest Speakers include Jonathan Edwards and Sir Menzies Campbell.
  • Leicester City FC
    - Higher Education Innovation Fund of £7,500 for a secondment of Dr Neil Carter to work on the development of a Leicester City FC Museum to be based at King Power Stadium
  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
    - joint symposium on women in soccer, rugby and Australian rules football (July 2012).

Current research students

  • Victoria Dawson AHRC CDA student ‘Women and Rugby League’
  • David Pendleton ‘Sport and Society in Bradford c. 1863-1914’
  • Nigel Hancock ‘Cricket and its Crowds’
  • Judy Threlfall ‘Women’s Cricket in the North of England, c. 1900-39’
  • Arianna Giovannini ‘Northern England and the Politics of Regionalism’ (with Leeds Metropolitan University)

Externally funded research grants information

  • AHRC CDA ‘Women and rugby league 1895-2000’ 2011-14. PI.  In partnership with the Rugby Football League. £57,000
  • Arts Council England. ‘Building a National Sports Archive: a pilot project’ 2012.  In partnership with the National Football Museum. £8,000

Internally funded research project information

  • HEIF 2010 ‘Leicester City FC Museum and Heritage Project’ 2011. PI (with Dr Neil Carter). £7,100.

Professional esteem indicators

  • Editor, Sport in History, 2001-2009
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Sport History, 2008-10
  • Referee for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Case studies

  • Sport and the British, 30 part BBC Radio 4 series broadcast January to March 2012: co-consultant and interviewee.
  • Broken Time, a play by Mick Martin, staged in Huddersfield, Harrogate, Wakefield and St Helens (September to October 2011).  Based on my book ‘Rugby’s Great Split’ (2006). Historical adviser.
  • Eddie Waring: Mr Rugby League, BBC4 TV (August 2010).  Historical adviser.
  • Thinking Allowed. BBC Radio 4 (March 2009).  Featured book and studio discussion: A Social History of English Rugby Union.
  • Rugby League: More than Just a Game, ABC radio Australia, (2008): historical adviser and interviewee.
  • A Century of Rugby League, Channel 9 TV Australia, (2008) and subsequent DVD box set: historical adviser and interviewee.
Tony Collins - Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

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