1839 in sports

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1839 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Boxing

Events

  • 12 February — William "Bendigo" Thompson defeats James Burke, who is disqualified for head butting.[1]
  • Jem Ward finally relinquishes his claim to the English Championship title and awards a championship belt to Bendigo.[1]
  • Bendigo suffers a serious knee injury while doing somersaults during a celebration and cannot fight again for several years.[1]
  • The English title is again disputed and claims to it are made by Burke, Ben Caunt and Nicholas Ward, brother of Jem Ward.[1]

Cricket

Events

England

Football

Events

  • A former Rugby School pupil, Albert Pell, begins organising football matches at Cambridge University. Because of the different school variations, a compromise set of rules has to be found and this is the origin of the famous Cambridge Rules that will be published in 1863.
  • It is claimed that Barnes RFC is founded in 1839 but there is no actual evidence. If the claim is true, Barnes is the world’s oldest football club (all codes).

Horse racing

Events

  • The 1839 Grand National is acknowledged to be the first official running of the race, the three earlier races being termed the Great Liverpool Steeplechase

England

Rowing

The Boat Race

Other events

References

  1. ^ a b c d Cyber Boxing Zone – Bendigo. Retrieved on 7 November 2009.
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