Dr. Anthony Condon is a historian interested in sport, culture, and identity.

Anthony is the resident historian at White Line Wireless.


Various pieces written for various reasons.

Reproducing The Gentleman’s Game: Cricket and Social and Cultural Reproduction in the British Empire 1853-1862

Nancy Millis Award winning Ph.D. thesis.

Using the phenomenological methodology Vivid History, this thesis examines how culture was reproduced through the British Empire in the middle of the 19th Century. The sport of cricket was more than just a past-time, it was one of the primary methods through which the British spread their culture and influence through their Empire. Through the public schools matches, traveling professional sides, and eventually international tours, the dominant culture of the English Gentleman was both formed and reproduced.

From Darkness Into Light: The War Heroes Who Helped Save Cricket from Oblivion

From Darkness into Light tells the fascinating story of how a handful of intrepid cricketing soldiers helped save the game from oblivion. English cricket emerged from the Great War in a bruised and battered state. A four-year hiatus in the first-class game had left administrators, players and aficionados anxious about whether life on the field could ever be the same again. The state of Test cricket was even worse after the disastrous experiment of the Triangular Series of 1912. Into this maelstrom of uncertainty stepped the Australian Imperial Forces team. Comprised of men waiting for demobilisation, the XI toured England and Scotland in the summer of 1919. They were well received by cricket-hungry crowds and provided a great fillip to ailing county finances. The popularity of international cricket was confirmed, and the tour paved the way for the resumption of Ashes contests the following year. This book traces the origins of the AIF XI and examines the myriad of controversies and confusion that surrounded its inception.

Available for purchase: https://www.pitchpublishing.co.uk/shop/darkness-light

The Australian Imperial Force XI

In 1919 the Australian military formed a cricket team from soldiers awaiting repatriation in England. From May 1919 to January 1920 they toured the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia.

Along for the ride (not really) was the (fictional) cricket journalist ‘Cow Corner’. Discovered (invented) after 100 years, ‘Cow Corners’ Tour Diary written to be published weekly in Australian newspapers is presented here for the first time.

Each week a new diary, full of interactive links, pictures, and audio will be released for you to read here, or, if you prefer, you can listen to Anthony read and discuss the diary with a host of White Line Wireless commentators by subscribing to the White Line Wireless podcast, or through the embedded player on each page.

Introduction to the A.I.F. XI This is an introduction for people coming to this from outside my PhD thesis and is not part of the PhD.

Week 0: 11 May 1919 – Introducing the players of the A.I.F. XI

Week 1: 18 May 1919 – Lord Attelborough’s XI

Week 2: 25 May – Essex and Cambridge

Week 3: 1 June – Middlesex and Oxford

Week 4: 8 June – Surrey and the M.C.C.

Week 5: 15 June – Sussex and Lancashire

Week 6: 22 June – Yorkshire and Hampshire

Week 7: 29 June – Gentlemen of England and Northamptonshire

Week 8: 6 July – West of Scotland and Scotland

Week 9: 13 July – Durham and Leicestershire

Week 10: 20 July – Derbyshire, H.K. Foster’s XI, and Worcestershire

Week 11: 27 July – Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire

Week 12: 3 August – Surrey

Week 13: 10 August – Sussex and Kent

Week 14: 17 August – Scotland

Week 15: 24 August – Essex

Week 16: 31 August – Gloucestershire and Somerset

Week 17: 7 September – South of England

Week 18: 14 September – C.I. Thornton’s XI and XVI of Mitcham

Week 19: 21 September – Departure


Dr. Anthony Condon is a historian interested in sport, culture, and identity.

Anthony is the resident historian at White Line Wireless.