History of Sport 1840 to 1849

Notable events in sport in the 1840s.


Fives Courts built at Eton College

The glove or “Gant” is introduced to the sport of pelota vasca

First modern athletics meeting held at Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt. The hunt members competed using the names of horses and were assigned to “owners”. A “Derby” was won by a boy named Kearsley.

First ski-jump onto a slope by Sondre Nordheim at Morgedal, Norway


First recorded football XIs. Wet-Bobs XI versus Dry Bobs XI at Eton.

First football club at Cambridge university. Founded by Edgar Montagu.

Handling the ball at football made legal at Rugby school.

First skating rink, The Glacarium, opened at the Colisseum, Regent’s Park, London.

Bill Scott rides his 4th successive St.Leger winner.


First artificial skating rink ( the rink’s surface was not made of ice) opened at the Baker Street Bazaar, Portman Square, London.


The Grand National is run as a Handicap for the first time.

The RSS Hunt Races comprising five foot races of varying distances and a hurdles race are held.

The first ski competition: Langlauf is held at Tromso, Norway.

The first races in  a swimming bath to be recorded are organised by the National Swimming Society in Holborn, London.

The first rugby football club, Guy’s Hospital RFC, is founded in London.

The side stroke is introduced into competitve swimming in London by George Pewters.


The Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Regatta is instituted (won by T.Bumpstead).

First international cricket match is played, between USA and Canada.

The inaugural British archery championships are held.


Eton college institutes sprint, hurdle and steeplechase races.

I Zingari Cricket Club play their inaugural match in colours of black, red and gold. The first confirmed occasion in which a club has worn colours in any sport.

The first baseball club, the Knickerbocker Club, is founded in New York.

Alexander Cartwright codifies baseball rules.



Bill Scott wins his record 9th St.Leger winner on Sir Tatton Sykes.

Outrigged eights boats used for the first time in the University Boat Race.

New York Nine beat the Knickerbockers 23-1 in 4 innings at Hoboken, New Jersey in the earliest baseball game played under the Cartwright Rules.

An All-England XI play Sheffield at cricket. The first representative match played.

The first use of a cricket scoreboard, at Lord’s cricket ground.



Gutta percha golf balls succeed feather balls.

Jem Robinson rides his 9th 2000 Guineas winner on Flatcatcher.

First wicket-keepers gloves for cricket made by Duke and Son of Penshurst,England.

First ice-skates with steel runners made by E.V. Bushnell in Philadelphia

William Mitchell and Scottish bowlers frame the modern rules of bowls.



First international yacht race: Pearl of Bermuda beats Brenda of the USA, in Bermuda.


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