Part of Britain’s folk memory of the First World War is of long lines of Tommies resolutely going over the top into a storm of machine gun fire and walking bravely to their deaths kicking a football. The most famous example is that of the East Surrey’s led by Captain Nevill at the Somme. However, it was first performed by the London Irish Rifles at Loos. This talk examines what actually happened on the 25 September 1915 and explores the underlying rationale of the first ‘football charge’
Iain Adams enjoyed voluntary severance from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in January 2017 where he had been a Principal Lecturer and research student co-ordinator. Previous to UCLan he was the Chief Pilot of Vectair Aviation and a Civil Aviation Authority pilot examiner. He is currently developing his career as a tourist whilst independently researching the early days of American Football in Britain and the ‘spirit of place’ at the 1936 Olympic Village. He undertook several joint research projects with the National Football Museum during his time at UCLan which resulted in academic journal publications on the Christmas truces, the football charges and recreational football at the front.