History of Sport 1863 to 1865

What was happening in sport in the mid 1860s



The Football Association was formed in England.

John Scott trains his 4oth English Classic horse race winner.

James L. Plimpton of New York patents the first four-wheeled roller-skate.

The first athletics club (Mincing Lane AC) is formed by a group of London City businessmen.

The first steeplechase under National Hunt rules is won by Mr.Goodman on “Socks” at Market Harborough.

The first rules for Association Football were published in England in “Bell’s Life”.

The first British world heavyweight boxing champion was Tom King of England who beat John C. Heenan of the USA at Wadhurst in 24 rounds.

The first indoor athletics meeting, organised by West London Rowing Club, was held at Ashburnham Hall.



First  Mincing Lane Club’s athletics meeting is held at West London rowing club, Brompton.

First Varsity athletics match held in Oxford. Oxford and Cambridge tie with 4 events won each.

Al Roach of the Philadelphia Athletics becomes the first professional basketball player.

First squash courts built at Harrow school.

Liverpool RFC is the first open membership rugby club.

Surrey win the first (unofficial) county cricket championship.



Jean Lenoir installs the first engine in a boat, on the river Seine, Paris.

John MacGregor develops the sport of canoeing.

First croquet club is formed in the Steyne Gardens, Worthing.

First gun-dog field trials held in Southill, Bedfordshire.

The horse Gladiateur wins the colts Triple Crown.





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