Lord Burghley, Chariots of Fire and the Gentleman Amateur in British Athletics

  title={Lord Burghley, Chariots of Fire and the Gentleman Amateur in British Athletics},
  author={Kevin Jefferys},
  journal={Sport in History},
  pages={445 - 464}
  • Kevin Jefferys
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • Sport in History
  • This article sets out to examine the life and career of Olympic athlete, politician and sports administrator David Cecil, Lord Burghley (1905–1981). Burghley, or the Marquess of Exeter as he became in later life, more perhaps than any other individual embodied the amateur ethos that dominated British and world athletics from the late Victorian period to the 1970s. Steeped in the view that ‘taking part was more important than winning’, Burghley played a vital role in upholding amateur principles… CONTINUE READING
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