Fascinating folk

July 2023


Newcastle's not so nice sporting history began in Medieval times. Bear-baiting, was a popular pastime where a chained bear and dogs were forced to fight one another. 

Our more conventional sporting history includes horse racing between 1728 and 1865. 

Newcastle Town Football Club, ‘the Castle’, formed in 1964.

And Porthill cricketer Sydney Barnes as one of the greatest bowlers of all time.

What's on

Fascinating folk of Newcastle film show: Sporting legends

Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

Thursday 20 July 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

A special archive film show from Ray Johnson looking back at the sporting legends of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire. It will look back at fascinating sportspeople including cricketer Sydney Barnes (1873-1967) who went from playing at Porthill Park club house to batting against the West Indies, and 'fighting flyweight' King Tut (Tut Whalley) in the 1930s.

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Fascinating folk of Newcastle talk: Potters at play

Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP

Thursday 27 July 2023 - 2:00 pm to 3:15pm

A special talk by Mervyn Edwards looking back at sport and games in Newcastle and North Staffordshire.

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