1872 in sports
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1872 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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- 30 November — Scotland v. England in Glasgow is the first–ever official football international. The match is a goalless draw.
- 16 March — inaugural FA Cup final. The Wanderers 1–0 Royal Engineers at Kennington Oval in London. The goal is scored by Morton Betts. In its way, this first final marks the beginning of major competitive football.
- The FA rules that the ball must have a circumference of between 68 cm and 71 cm. It must be spherical and must consist of an India rubber bladder enclosed within a casing made of leather or another approved material. Also, the ball must weigh at least 396 grams but no more than 453 grams. The prescribed weight is interesting because leather balls will become notorious for gaining weight when wet: the weight can almost double if the ball gets really soaked.
- February — Rangers F.C. is formed in Glasgow by four friends. The team's first pitch is on common land at Flesher's Haugh, Glasgow Green.
- The National Association (NA) permits pitching with a wrist snap, practically legalising the New York Mutuals.
- Multiple NABBP champions Eckford and Atlantic from Brooklyn, New York join the NA but neither will regain prominence.
- The original Boston Red Stockings win the NA pennant, beginning a four-year run
- An experiment takes place at Lord's to study the effects of covering the pitch before the start of a match, the first time this is known to have been tried.
- Grand National – Casse Tete
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Reine
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Prince Charlie
- The Derby – Cremorne
- The Oaks – Reine
- St. Leger Stakes – Wenlock
- Melbourne Cup – The Quack
- Queen's Plate – Fearnaught
The Boat Race
- Wigan RLFC founded
- Among the many stories told about Bill Shankly is one concerning the introduction of plastic balls in the 1960s. Someone remarked to Shankly that so–and–so was a master of the "banana shot" and could bend the ball through the air. Shankly replied: "Huh! I'd like to see him try bending one of those soggy wet leather things we used to play with. It'd break his bloody ankle!"
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
- Bowen, p.284.
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970