History of Sport 1850 to 1854

Some of the main developments in sport in the early 1850s


First downhill ski races held.

The game of croquet is introduced (in Hampshire).


The origins of the game of Rugby Fives, a ball and court game similar to Eton Fives, at Rugby school.

John Wisden gets out the entire opposition team clean bowled (ten wickets) playing for North v South at Lords. The only time this has ever happened in first class cricket.

First university athletics meeting (track races) held at Exeter College, Oxford.

Doctor William Penny Brookes founds the Much Wenlock Olympic Society in Shropshire. The Society organises its first “Olympic Games” including running races, High Jump and Long Jump. The winners receive laurel leaves.


The yacht “America” wins the Queen’s Cup at Cowes. This event becomes the America’s Cup, the most famous yacht race in the world.

The first regular athletics meetings to hold high jump and long jump events are held at Exeter College, Oxford.

First inter-club baseball match held ( in New York between the Knickerbocker Club and the Washington Baseball club)

Abd-el-Kader is the first horse to win two successive Grand National steeplechases at Aintree.


First inter-school football match held (between Westminster and Harrow).

At a lecture in Berlin Ernst Curtius, a German archaeologist who had worked at Olympia, advocates the restaging of the Olympic Games.


The coachman of Sir George Cayley is carried 500 yards in a glider at Brompton Dale, Yorkshire.

West Australian becomes the first horse to win the colts Triple Crown of 2000 Guineas,Derby and St.Leger.


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