Category Archives: East End sporting achievements

Oscar Eckenstein, mountaineering pioneer and pal of Aleister Crowley

NO OBITUARY notice seems to have appeared when Oscar Eckenstein died in 1921. No mentions in the press, no plaudits from his fellows in the British mountaineering fraternity, and no reminiscences of daring climbs or brilliant innovations. Yet this East Ender … Continue reading

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Toynbee Hall, Baron de Coubertin and the London Olympics

If the young Pierre de Coubertin were to stroll around the London Olympics site today he’d doubtless be amazed, and slightly baffled, as to how the seed of an idea had flowered. He would certainly be impressed at the competition … Continue reading

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Lennox Lewis and East End of London

It may have been a long time coming – 102 years, to be precise – but Britain at last has an undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion. The political and financial machinations of larger-than-life promoter Don King and governing body the … Continue reading

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