A year when Arsenal, inspired by Joe Mercer coasted to their 6th League title. When Manchester United defeated Blackpool (starring the legendary Stanley Matthews) in one of the greatest FA Cup Finals. An off-spinner called Jim Laker makes his test debut against the West Indies and takes seven first innings wickets. Henry Cotton (arguably the finest ever British golfer) wins his third British Open. The England football team travels to Italy and - wait for it - wins 4-0. The 1948 Olympic Games (the first since 1936) are held in London. The star of the Games is the remarkable Dutchwoman Fanny Blankers-Koen who in relative middle-age wins 4 golds in the sprint events. In horse racing 58 runners started the Lincoln, the biggest ever field in British flat racing. Oh yes, and Don Bradman, the greatest batsman in cricketing history, brought his invincible Australians to England and played his last ever test innings at the Oval.