1862 in sports

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1862 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865
Centuries: 18th century · 19th century · 20th century
Decades: 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s
Years: 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865


National championship


  • National Association membership drops from 55 to 33 clubs, shedding every one outside greater New York except the Victory club of Troy, which plays only local matches.
  • Death of Jim Creighton, aged just 21 and the sport's first great player, perhaps from organ damage sustained on the field. A memorial is established at Green-Wood Cemetery.



  • Joe Coburn challenges John C. Heenan for the American Championship. Heenan refuses to fight and Coburn claims the title.[1]
  • 28 January — Jem Mace successfully defends his British Championship against Tom King, winning in the 43rd round.[2]
  • 26 November — Tom King becomes British Champion after defeating Jem Mace at Medway in the 21st round.[3]






  • An impromptu team formed in Nottingham around this time is understood to have been the original Notts County. Although County will be formally constituted in December 1864, the club will celebrate its centenary in 1962.
  • Invention of the India rubber bladder enables the modern ball to be created with the bladder inside a hard outer casing, at first made of leather. During the days of "mob football", the ball in an organised game had often been an inflated pig's bladder but in fact it could have been made of any material (for example, tin can football is still played now) with no rules about its size either. In certain games that were somewhat less civilised, such as among soldiers after a battle, human skulls are known to have been used.
  • 29 December — Bramall Lane, which opened as a cricket ground in 1855, hosts its first football match between Sheffield F.C. and Hallam F.C. under Sheffield Rules. Bramall Lane will become the home of first Sheffield Wednesday (1867–1887) and then of Sheffield United from 1889. It is the oldest stadium in the world that stages professional football matches.


Major tournaments

Horse racingEdit





The Boat Race

Ski jumpingEdit


  • First recorded competition held in Trysil


  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – John C. Heenan. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Tom King. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.