1875 in sports

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1875 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football[edit]

College championship

Events

  • 13 November — first edition of "The Game", the annual contest between Yale Bulldogs and Harvard Crimson, is played under a modified set of rugby football rules known as "The Concessionary Rules". Yale loses 4–0, but finds that it prefers Harvard's adopted rugby style game.

Association football[edit]

England

  • FA Cup finalRoyal Engineers 2–0 Old Etonians in a replay following a 1–1 draw (both games played at The Oval).
  • 5 November — Blackburn Rovers founded at a meeting of enthusiasts in the St Leger Hotel, King William St, Blackburn.
  • Birmingham City founded as Small Heath Alliance by cricketers from Holy Trinity Church in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham.
  • Introduction of crossbars.
  • Wing play develops and the practice of "middling" (i.e., crossing) the ball is found to be effective. Heading is also introduced, apparently by players in Sheffield. Billy Mosforth of Sheffield FC is noted for his "screw shot" which gives him the ability to "bend" the ball in flight.

Scotland

Baseball[edit]

National championship

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • No major bouts take place in 1875. Tom Allen retains the American Championship.[1]

Cricket[edit]

Events

England

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

Events

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Ice hockey[edit]

Events

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Rugby football[edit]

Events

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Tom Allen. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  2. ^ A semi-official seasonal title proclaimed by media consensus prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship is constituted.