024 – Boxers, Footballers, a Jockey and Tom Webster

Today’s first scan is a press photo from the early 1920s. The back slip says:

“Boxers Entertain Arsenal Players.
The Arsenal players spent the day at High Beech where George Cook, the Austaralian heavyweight boxer, entertained them with his full training exhibition yesterday (Friday). Frank Wootten, ghe famous jockey, was also there.
Photo shows the team watching George Cook (on right) sparring with Albert Lloyd.”

Both boxers were from Australia and toured England and Europe fighting. They were both in England at various times between 1921 and 1923 when I’d presume the photo was taken. The jockey Wootton (the correct spelling) became the youngest ever champion jockey at age 16 in 1919, and won it for the next three years.

The Tom Webster cartoon was first published in 1923, this version being from an annual of his cartoons published in 1924.


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