Sport

spo01. South African Cricket Tour, 1960

Leaflet listing the fixtures in the South African Springbok cricket team’s 1960 tour of England. The leaflet asked people to protest to the South African Cricket Association at its selection of a whites-only team. There were protests at many of the games, including Sheffield, where activists planned to paint anti-apartheid slogans on the walls of the stadium.

mem04 Andrew Burchardt

The all-white South African Springbok cricket team that toured Britain in the summer of 1960 met with widespread protests. Andrew Burchardt remembers the dramatic events of the night when protesters in Sheffield took action against the Yorkshire v Springboks game scheduled for 6 August 1960.   

pic6403. Protesters at Wimbledon, 1964

AAM supporters protest at a match played by a white South African tennis player at Wimbledon. On the right is Dorothy Robinson, Anti-Apartheid Movement Secretary in the early 1960s. Also in the photograph is AAM founder member Rosalynde Ainslie.

spo32. South African rugby tour, 1965

An all-white South African rugby team toured Scotland and Ireland in 1965. This press statement, issued by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, listed British MPs and others who supported an appeal by 50 prominent Irishmen and women for a boycott of the matches. They included composer Malcolm Arnold, philosopher Bertrand Russell and actor James Robertson Justice.

Press release announcing details of the AAM’s campaign for a boycott of the all-white South African cricket tour of England and Wales in 1965. 

po193. ‘It’s Not Cricket’, 1965

Poster calling for a boycott of the 1965 South African Springbok cricket tour. Demonstrations were held at every game. The AAM sent a delegation led by Labour MP David Ennals to the MCC on the first day of the test match at Lords. The Queen and Prime Minister Harold Wilson broke with tradition and did not attend the game.

spo02. ‘Apartheid isn’t Cricket’, 1965

Leaflet calling for a boycott of the 1965 South African Springbok cricket tour. Demonstrations were held at every game. The AAM sent a delegation led by Labour MP David Ennals to the MCC on the first day of the test match at Lords. The Queen and Prime Minister Harold Wilson broke with tradition and did not attend the game.

pic6503. Protest against the South African cricket tour, 1965

AAM supporters asked spectators to boycott the Springboks v Glamorgan cricket match at St Helen’s, Swansea, 31 June 1965