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1842 in sports

Events 25, 26 & 27 August - the new Kent CCC plays its inaugural first-class match v. All-England at the White Hart Ground, Bromley 6 August - formation of the original Kent County Cricket Club in Canterbury it will be reformed as the present clu ...

1843 in sports

Events Ben Caunt and Tom Hyer retain the Championships of England and the United States respectively but there is no record of any fights involving either of them in 1843.

1844 in sports

Events Ben Caunt and Tom Hyer retain the Championships of England and the United States respectively but there is no record of any fights involving either of them in 1844.

1845 in sports

Events 23 September - formal organisation of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club or New York Knickerbockers, initiated by Alexander Joy Cartwright, including adoption of twenty rules. Fourteen of the club rules are the earliest known written rules f ...

1846 in sports

Events 25 & 26 June - the new Surrey County Cricket Club played its inaugural first-class match v. Kent County Cricket Club at The Oval, winning by 10 wickets 25 & 26 May - the earliest-known first-class match at The Oval was Surrey Club v. MCC F ...

1847 in sports

Events William Clarkes All-England Eleven AEE, formed in 1846, becomes a major attraction and plays numerous matches throughout England England Most runs – Nicholas Felix 591 28.14 HS 113 Most wickets – William Hillyer 134 16.15 BB 8–?

1848 in sports

Events 18 July - birth in Gloucestershire of W. G. Grace, who will dominate cricket to the end of the 19th century and be hailed as The Great Cricketer England Most runs – George Parr 339 18.83 HS 52 Most wickets – William Hillyer 85 7.28 BB 8–26

1849 in sports

Events William Thompson retains the Championships of England but there is no record of any fights involving him in 1849. 7 February - following years of inactivity, American champion Tom Hyer finally returns to the ring and fights Yankee Sullivan ...

1850 in sports

Events 22–23 October - William Penny Brookes, a local doctor, organises the first Wenlock Olympian Games in England. These later inspire Pierre, Baron de Coubertin to establish the international Olympian games that continue to this day. November ...

1851 in sports

Events By the second half of the 19th century, bandy has become popular among the masses throughout the Russian Empire. Traditionally, the Russians use a longer skate blade than other nations, giving them the advantage of skating faster. However, ...

1852 in sports

Events Harry Broome retains the Championship of England but there is no record of any fights involving him in 1851. 21 August - John Morrissey defeats George Thompson in the 11th round at Mare Island, California and claims the Heavyweight Champio ...

1853 in sports

Events 18 April - English champion Harry Broome defeats Henry Orme in the 31st round at Brandon to retain his title. August - a scheduled bout between Broome and former champion William Perry does not come off; Broome has to pay forfeit and Perry ...

1854 in sports

Events The Knickerbockers adopt some rule changes agreed in conference by their delegates with those of the Gothams and Eagles. The Eagles win their first two matches, with the Knickerbockers in mid-November, 21–4 and 22–21. The latter is the fir ...

1855 in sports

Events The established Knickerbockers, Gothams, and Eagles from New York Manhattan play three matches round-robin in June. With the Empires, a local newcomer, they play five matches in September and October, a round-robin less one match. A few cl ...

1856 in sports

Events 17 October - the Eagle club scores 8 against 2 by Gotham, an extreme example of the main problem with the 21–run rule revised to nine innings next spring. The four established New York Manhattan clubs play nine matches between August 30 an ...

1857 in sports

National championship In May, sixteen base ball clubs from modern New York City convene and revise the rules including replacement of 21 runs by 9 innings. The convention will be known as the first of the National Association of Base Ball Players ...

1858 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – New York Mutuals Events "All New York" and "All Brooklyn" Nines play three matches at the Fashion Race Course in Queens, with the All New York Nine winning the first and t ...

1859 in sports

Events 15 June - Castlemaine Football Club is founded 18 July - Geelong Football Club is founded 14 May - Melbourne Football Club is founded 17 May - Australian rules football is codified

1860 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – Brooklyn Atlantics Events The Excelsior club from Brooklyn, led by the fast pitcher Jim Creighton, tours as far as Buffalo, New York, to spread the game.

1861 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – Brooklyn Atlantics Events The National Association establishes the December annual meeting, a change from March, meeting twice during calendar 1860. Membership slips from ...

1862 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – Brooklyn Eckfords Events Death of Jim Creighton, aged just 21 and the sports first great player, perhaps from organ damage sustained on the field. A memorial is establishe ...

1863 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – Brooklyn Eckfords Events The champion Eckford club of Brooklyn, New York wins all ten matches against National Association members, a run that began in August 1862

1864 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – Brooklyn Atlantics Events The Atlantic club of Brooklyn, New York suffers only one early tie. One match is at Rochester against the Young Canadian club of Woodstock, Ontar ...

1865 in sports

Events Nottingham Forest, then called Forest FC, is founded in December by its parent hockey club. It is the third oldest club in the Football League after Notts County and Stoke City. Forest and Notts County play each other twice in the 1865–66 ...

1866 in sports

Events The Amateur Athletics Club AAC is founded and becomes the governing body of athletics in the United Kingdom, hosting the first national championships and introducing a definition of "amateur" that will determine eligibility for athletics c ...

1867 in sports

England 4 September - The Wednesday founded by members of the Wednesday Cricket Club in Sheffield. As is so often the case, a football club is founded by cricketers who need a winter activity to keep fit. The club name acknowledges that Wednesday ...

1868 in sports

National championship National Association of Base Ball Players champion – New York Mutuals Events In December the National Association permits full professionalism for 1869. The Cincinnati Red Stockings recruit with great success. A few clubs co ...

1869 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Princeton Tigers Events A second game is played a week later at Princeton who win this 8–0. 6 November - the first American intercollegiate football game is played, between Princeton T ...

1870 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Princeton Tigers Events Columbia Lions joins the college football circuit and loses to Rutgers Scarlet Knights in its only game. Princeton Tigers beats Rutgers. Columbia doesnt play Pr ...

1871 in sports

College championship College football national championship – none Events The 1871 college football season is the only one since the first season in 1869 until the present day that no games are played in the entire season. Thus 1871 is the only y ...

1872 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Princeton Tigers Events Five teams compete in the 1872 college football season: Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton, Stevens Tech and Yale.

1873 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Princeton Tigers Events 19 October - representatives of Yale Bulldogs, Columbia Lions, Princeton Tigers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City to c ...

1874 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Harvard Crimson plays McGill Redmen under rules taken from both association football and rugby football: it is hence arguably the first game of American football a ...

1875 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Harvard Crimson Events 13 November - first edition of "The Game", the annual contest between Yale Bulldogs and Harvard Crimson, is played under a modified set of rugby football rules k ...

1876 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Walter Camp enrolls at Yale University and will become perhaps the most important figure in college football history. 23 November - representatives of Harvard Crim ...

1877 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Disagreement about the number of players per team prevents Yale Bulldogs from joining Columbia Lions, Harvard Crimson and Princeton Tigers in the Intercollegiate F ...

1878 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Princeton Tigers Events Inaugural match between Phillips Andover and Phillips Exeter, believed to be the sports oldest high school rivalry

1879 in sports

International 5 April - James F. M. Prinsep of Clapham Rovers becomes Englands youngest international player at the age of 17 years and 252 when he makes his debut and only appearance for England against Scotland. The record stands for more than ...

1880 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Princeton Tigers and Yale Bulldogs shared Events Walter Camp becomes an influential figure at the Massasoit House conventions where rules are debated and changed. His 1878 proposal to ...

1881 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Michigan Wolverines is the first "western" team to travel east and play against the established teams at Harvard Crimson, Yale Bulldogs and Princeton Tigers.

1882 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events At the 1882 rules meeting, Walter Camp proposes that a team be required to advance the ball a minimum of five yards within three downs. These down-and-distance rul ...

1883 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Modification of the scoring rules produces a system of four points for a touchdown, two points for kicks after touchdowns, two points for safeties, and five for fi ...

1884 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Amos Alonzo Stagg enters Yale University as a divinity student and, a natural athlete, joins the universitys football team. 29 October - The next week, the Princet ...

1885 in sports

England Millwall FC founded by workers on the Isle of Dogs as Millwall Rovers. 20 July - the Football Association legitimises professionalism FA Cup final – Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Queens Park Glasgow at The Oval Southampton FC founded as Southampto ...

1886 in sports

England December 11 – Dial Square F.C., later to become Arsenal FC see above), play their first match, a 6–0 win over the Eastern Wanderers. FA Cup final – Blackburn Rovers 2–0 West Bromwich Albion at The Oval; replay after 0–0 draw at The Oval. ...

1887 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events The rules are changed so that gametime is set at two halves of 45 minutes each as in Association football. Two paid officials, a referee and an umpire, are mandate ...

1888 in sports

England FA Cup final – West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Preston North End at The Oval 7 March - Tinsley Lindley scores in his ninth consecutive England game, a record that still stands. Small Heath, later Birmingham City, is the first football club to fo ...

1889 in sports

Denmark Formation of the Danish Football Association Dansk Boldspil-Union or DBU England Sheffield United is founded. With Sheffield Wednesday having left Bramall Lane in 1887, the management committee of the Bramall Lane complex decides to form ...

1890 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Harvard Crimson Non-college amateur championships Western Pennsylvania champions – Allegheny Athletic Association Events 22 November - College football is first played in the state of ...

1891 in sports

College championship College football national championship – Yale Bulldogs Events Kansas defeats Missouri in the first Border War game 22-10 beginning one of the oldest and most fierce college football rivalries.

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