Sports Review by Louis T Stanley, published by MacDonald, covered the sporting world from September 1950 to August 1951, and is full of good things and quirky paragraphs. It was the year when Randolph Turpin won the Middleweight Championship of the World by outpointing Sugar Ray Robinson at Earls Court. This – one of the greatest performances by any British boxer, given that many judge Robinson to have been the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, provoked an instant number from the great folk-singer Ewan McColl celebrating “the night our Randy /beat up that Sugar Candy/ and won the right to wear the crown.” (He lost it a few months later in the return fight in Madison Square Garden, but never mind.)
Holding back the tide of hens and stags is a mug’s game
Many beautiful cities have tried and failed to tame the rowdy crowds.