Playing for the Cup

Playing for the Cup explores the long tradition of sporting activity in the postal service. Many different sports have been played in all sorts of clubs and associations.

Much of the information in this exhibition comes from Post Office staff magazines, which are available to view in our Archive Search Room. These are a particularly good way of finding out about some of the sportsmen and women through the years.

The BPMA trophy collection also reflects the sporting activities and achievements of the Post Office, and the trophy catalogue is available online and in our Search Room.

Image of The organisation of postal sport

The organisation of postal sport

Sport in the Post Office is connected to the need to be fit enough to perform postal duties.


Image of Reporting postal sport

Reporting postal sport

Staff magazines celebrated the achievements of workers who took part in sport.


Image of Albert 'Tiny' Sangwine

Albert 'Tiny' Sangwine

A sportsman whose achievements singled him out in his field.


Image of Tess Stacey

Tess Stacey

A first class female cricketer, and the only Postal worker to qualify for Civil Service 'colours'.


Image of Arthur Munro

Arthur Munro

A champion boxer who was the product of the Civil Service Sports Club.


Image of Alf Burdett

Alf Burdett

The winner of the Open 10-stone Chest Expander Championship.


Image of The BPMA collection of sporting trophies

The BPMA collection of sporting trophies

A small selection from our collection of around 100 trophies and awards.



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