Bicycle polo is an adaptation of Polo replacing horses with bicycles. This picture of two women's teams and a male referee was taken on the 22nd April 1947.
These modern day players meet weekly to play casual hardcourt matches in East London.
The Herne Hill Velodrome, now the last standing site of the 1948 Olympics. It hosted its first match on the 27th of September, 1930. It is still used for cycling events, but no longer for polo.
A local venue used for the hardcourt version of the sport, located near Haggerston,east London. On the hardcourt, traffic cones are often used to mark out goals.
This photo of a bicycle polo match between Norwood Paragon and Crystal Palace took place in London on the 3rd of July, 1948. The sport once had its own league within London.
Hardcourt players clamour for the ball during this casual match. One player attempts to block the goal with his bike.
Bicycle polo once was an avidly followed sport. In this photo, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh competes in a match at Windsor, Berkshire on the 6th of August 1967.
In London, bicycle polo is nowadays an underground sport, far removed from its Olympic past. The stands in Herne Hill remain unused and in disrepair.
A bicycle and mallet dating back to the 1950's. Bikes used for the sport once had neither brakes nor gears.
Today's players often customise their own bikes, and many of them double as their own mechanics.
If one thing has not changed, it's the fact that accidents happen. This was during a practise match in Eastleaigh, near Southampton on the 28th of January, 1938.
Polo cyclists wait for their turn to get onto the court and play. They watch and support the players who are battling it out on the hardcourt. Men and women play at the same time in this version of the game.
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