1870 in sports

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1870 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football[edit]

College championship

Events

Association football[edit]

England

Scotland

International

  • 5 March — the first international match between England and Scotland is a 0–0 draw at Kennington Oval but it is not officially recognised by FIFA as there is no Scottish FA in existence at the time

Baseball[edit]

National championship

Events

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • 10 May — Jem Mace returns to competitive boxing and fights Tom Allen, nominally for the now-defunct English Championship at Kennerville, Louisiana. Mace wins with a tenth round knockout which confirms that he is still the best English fighter. Claims are made on behalf of Mace that he is also the holder of the American Championship and this fight was the first world heavyweight championship bout. Having not fought either Jimmy Elliott or Mike McCoole and strong anti-British sentiment within the mostly Irish-American boxing community at that time, these claims are still debated.[1]
  • 12 December — American Championship claimant Jimmy Elliott is arrested and convicted of highway robbery and assault with intent to kill. He is sentenced to 16 years and 10 months at the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia, eventually serving more than eight years.[2]
  • Elliott's rival Mike McCoole is inactive this year but, with Elliott out of contention, McCoole has the strongest claim to the American Championship with Mace now his main rival.[3]

Cricket[edit]

Events

England

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

Events

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Other events

Rugby football[edit]

Events

  • Foundation of Leeds RLFC
  • Alcock's Football Annual lists approximately 75 clubs playing Rugby School football rules. These clubs have different interpretations of the laws as played at Rugby School.
  • The Nelson club of New Zealand starts to play Rugby School rules, the first club in that country to do so.
  • In November, an anonymous surgeon writes to The Times complaining that Rugby football is dangerous. The letter fuels agreement in the sport to form a ruling body which will regulate the laws.

Yacht racing[edit]

America's Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jimmy Elliott. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.