Sports History:1830 to 1839

1830s Game resembling croquet played in Ireland.

1830 Wingfield Sculls rowing race first held between Putney and Mortlake on the Thames.

1831 First recorded cross-country running races at Shrewsbury School, England.

1832 First specially appointed newspaper sports editor. William Porter of the Baltimore Traveller.

1834 Lacrosse played between Iroquois and Algonquin native Americans at Montreal.

1835 Rubber cushions for billiard tables invented by John Thurston.

1836 First point-to-point horse race held at Madresfield estate, Worcestershire. Winning jockey was Captain Becher.

1836 First cricket pads introduced by H.Daubeney in Oxford.

1836 First “Grand National” steeplechase run at Maghull,Liverpool. Won by The Duke.

1837 First steeplechase racecourse opened. The Hippodrome at Bayswater,London.

1837 First swimming races held in the Serpentine, Hyde Park. Organised by the National Swimming Society.

1837 First deep sea diving suit invented by Augustus Siebe of London.

1838 The Grand Caledonian Curling Club formed in Edinburgh. Consisting of 36 clubs this became the first national sports association.

1838 A track meet in Hoboken, New Jersey had a complete newspaper report devoted to it.

1838  A codified set of rules, the London Prize Ring Rules, were introduced to boxing.

1839 The first official Grand National steeplechase is held at Aintree and won by the horse called Lottery. Captain Becher fell at the fence which is now named Becher’s Brook.

1839 The first Henley rowing regatta is held including the first Grand Challenge Cup.

1839 Rugby is known to have been played at Cambridge university.

1839 First bicycle invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan of Dumfries, Scotland.

1839 First women Physical Training instructors trained (in Copenhagen).

1839 First cricket practice nets used at Eton College.

1839 First county cricket club formed (the Royal Sussex cricket club).

1839 Abner Doubleday credited with inventing baseball although this is now doubted.

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