#sports activities What happened to sport when King George VI died in 1952? Football went ahead but rugby was postponed
What happened to sport when King George VI died in 1952? Football fixtures – together with the North London derby – went ahead because the nationwide anthem was sung earlier than kick-off… but rugby’s Five Nations conflict between England and Ireland was postponed
- Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign means there is no such thing as a normal ‘protocol’ for sport after a monarch’s demise
- The closest steerage comes from when King George VI handed away in 1952
- Games in the fourth spherical of the FA Cup went ahead that night, as did league fixtures on the weekend
- The King’s demise got here halfway via what was then the Five Nations Championship in rugby
Sporting occasions are being cancelled following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II and extra are anticipated to observe as a interval of nationwide mourning begins.
The Cabinet Office has really useful that sports activities our bodies contemplate cancelling occasions on the day of the state funeral but there is no such thing as a obligation for different days.
Nonetheless, the Premier League and EFL have postponed all fixtures this weekend as ‘a mark of respect’.
Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign means there is no such thing as a normal ‘protocol’ for sport after a monarch’s demise
Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign – the longest of any British monarch in historical past – signifies that there is no such thing as a widespread ‘protocol’ for what sport ought to do in these circumstances.
The closest steerage we will take is from when Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, handed away in 1952.
He died on February 6, a Wednesday, and video games in the fourth spherical of the FA Cup went ahead that night.
Fulham and Newcastle observe a minute’s silence after King George VI’s demise in 1952
Supporters at Craven Cottage pay their respects as soccer fixtures continued to go ahead
The weekend’s league matches all through the pyramid additionally continued as deliberate, with the nationwide anthem and Abide With Me – often solely reserved for the FA Cup closing – sung earlier than kick-off.
The Division One fixture record included the North London derby at White Hart Lane, which recorded the biggest attendance of the weekend of 66,438.
Spurs gained 2-1 with objectives from Don Roper and Alex Forbes, but the 2 golf equipment would end the season on equal factors – Tottenham in second and Arsenal in third behind champions Manchester United.
King George VI handed away in 1952 and was succeeded by Elizabeth, who was 25 on the time
In cricket, the primary Test between New Zealand and the West Indies – each in the Commonwealth – nonetheless went ahead from February 8.
Other sports activities did postpone occasions although, together with hockey and rugby.
The King’s demise got here halfway via what was then the Five Nations Championship in rugby and led to England’s conflict with Ireland at Twickenham being re-arranged for late March.