Then - Sport

Then - Sport 

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Wag Bennett's gym


Fire guts famous gym - a fire on Romford Road badly damaged the former home of Wag Bennett, former body building trainer. The house is where Arnold Schwarzenegger lived for a while, when training to become Mr Universe, in the 1960's.  The article features many photos of Arnie and the inside of the old gym. (April 2013)

Inside Wag Bennett's gym

 Educating Arnie: The Terminator in Forest Gate, in his own words - Extracts from Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography, recalling his time in Forest Gate (15 July 2015)

Arnie as the
body-building champ

Clapton FC

Tons of history - a brief history of Clapton FC, written by Tons fan and stalwart, Andy Barr

Clapton FC in 1909


Cycling in Victorian Forest Gate Not only did Forest Gate produce a large number of bicycles in the late nineteenth century, its population were keen recreational cyclists.  This blog examines local recreational cycling, clubs and activities and the track racing at the old West Ham ground (March 2014)

The Woodford meet, 1903.
Popular local, regular event

Walter Tull

Black War Hero and Football Pioneer - Walter Tull - a brief biography of early Clapton FC player, and pioneer in both military and football fields (June 2013)
    Lt Walter Tull


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