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This book of 234 pages, Great Days at Lancaster Park, was written by Gordon Slatter and published by Whitcombe & Tombs in 1974 as a 1st Edition.

14 x 22 cms ; wear/repair to dust jacket ; early photos ; overall good condition ; yellow lines>faulty scanner.

Lancaster Park in Christchurch has been the scene of, in Gordon Slatter's words, ' many and varied occasions ' - more varied than most sports fans today realise. He has selected some of the most memorable, the most historic, the strangest, the funniest and the saddest, and writes of them with a keen sense of occasion.

Scan some of the photographs here. Read the table of contents. This will convey something of the romance of great names past & present & the excitement of events that past spectators and players have felt on this truly great sportsground. In each case Gordon describes in detail the styles and personalities of the people who provided these great days. : the artistic temperament of Dr Otto Peltzer, the middle-distance runner and cosmopolitan sociologist ; the cheery balloonist who met his death after an ascent from the Park, and his dutiful bride ; the easy grace of All-India's hockey marvel, Dhyan Chand ; how English cyclist, Fred Wood, stimulated the sport in New Zealand ; how Peter Snell ran a world-record half-mile in 1962; the coach who devised the strategy that enabled a South Island soccer team to beat the crack Austrian touring side and amaze almost everyone.

The Australasian Swimming Championships were held in the Lancaster Park Pool. League, contrary to local myth, has been played on the Park. The popular 2nd N.Z.E.F. team, the Kiwis, also played on it. There has been international women's cricket too. The Canterbury Centennial Athletic meeting was held on the Park when hopes for holding the 1950 Empire Games in Christchurch were overthrown and Auckland, to southern chagrin, held them instead. A Davis Cup final was fought on it ...

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