The History of Sport 1923: First Wembley FA Cup Final, The First Le Mans Endurance Race, Suzanne Lenglen’s fifth successive Wimbledon title, Johnny Kilbane loses his world boxing crown after eleven years

Some of the notable events in sport in 1923

FA Cup final – Bolton Wanderers 2–0 West Ham United at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London. The match, known as the “White Horse Final” because a white police horse helped to clear the vast crowd from the pitch before the game, is the inaugural Wembley final. There are an estimated 160,000 at the game although it may have been many more.

England’s women hockey team defeat France 23-0 at Merton. A record for an international.

The Grand Prix d’Endurance is held for the first time at Le Mans. It is won by Lagache and Leonard in a Chenard-Walcker who covered 1373 miles.

The first organised short track speedway races are held at West Maitland, New South Wales.

George Thomas wins his fourth consecutive All-England badminton singles title.

The Wightman Cup tennis match between the USA and Britain’s women is instituted.

Suzanne Lenglen wins her fifth successive Wimbledon singles title. She and Elizabeth Ryan win their fifth successive doubles title.

Edgar Baerlein wins the Amateur Singles Rackets Championship for the ninth time.

Bart Price scores a try for England v Wales less than ten seconds into the match at Twickenham. England win the Five Nations rugby union title with a Grand Slam of victories.

In Shinty The Furnace Club from Argyll win the Camanachd Cup without conceding a goal.

First British championships and the first American Track & Field championships for women are held.

British athletes set several world records. Mary Lines at 440 yards, 120 yards hurdles and 80m hurdles. Ivy Lowman and Hilda Hatt (twice) at high jump.

The first International Student Games are held in Paris.

The Canton Bulldogs set a record of 25 games undefeated (three ties) since 1921 in American Football. This remains the longest unbeaten run in the NFL.

The original Yankee baseball stadium is opened in New York.

The British Show Jumping Association is formed.

Steve Donahue wins his tenth successive British Flat jockeys title in horse racing when he ties with C.Elliott.

Harry Mallin wins his fifth consecutive ABA Middleweight Boxing title.

Johnny Kilbane loses his world featherweight title after eleven years, the longest reign ever at the weight and the second longest in boxing history at any weight.

Jimmy Wilde’s long reign as World Flyweight Champion ends when he is knocked out by Pancho Villa

Harry Greb wins the world middleweight title. He has been unbeaten in 178 bouts since 1916 although 117 of these were “no decisions” with five unofficial losses.

The first sports radio programme is broadcast in Britain. It is a football discussion programme with H.S.King.

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