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"No political significance whatever"?, 1935

Documents relating to the protests of the Trades Union Congress, through their General Secretary Sir Walter Citrine, over the proposed Anglo-German football match arranged by the English Football Association. The match was played on 4 December 1935 at White Hart Lane, the north London home ground of Tottenham Hotspur, a club which then had a sizeable number of Jewish supporters.

The documents include a front page article from the London-based Jewish journal 'World Jewry' praising the opposition of the Trades Union Congress to the match. It argues that "by their action the TUC were not mixing sport with politics: they were reasserting the principle, violated by Nazi Germany, that the two be kept apart". In contrast, a letter from the Home Secretary, Sir John Simon, dismisses the view that the match could be seen as a symbol of British support for the Nazi regime.

Included in a file on 'Anglo-German Football Match, 1935', from the archives of the Trades Union Congress; document reference: MSS.292/808.91/2

TUC plays the game, 1935

Letter regarding proposed Anglo-German football match, 1935

Letter regarding proposed Anglo-German football match, 1935