1915 in sports

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1915 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918
Note — many sporting events did not take place because of World War I

American footballEdit

College championship

Professional championships


  • 14 November — Jim Thorpe plays his first professional football game in a 16–0 Canton Bulldogs' loss to the Massillon Tigers. The game is also the first match-up between the two clubs since the 1906 scandal.

Association footballEdit


Division One (20 clubs) — Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue, Burnley, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United, The Wednesday, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion
Division Two (20 clubs) — Arsenal, Barnsley, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Bristol City, Bury, Derby County, Fulham, Glossop, Grimsby Town, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Leeds City, Leicester City, Leyton Orient, Lincoln City, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Stockport County, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • The continuance of World War I after the 1914–15 season causes the suspension of top-class football until 1919, with many footballers signing up to fight for their country. The FA Cup and Football League are not contested again till after the end of the war, although regional leagues and cups are set up at various times.




Australian rules footballEdit

VFL Premiership

South Australian Football League:

  • 26 June: By drawing 4.8 (32) each with Port Adelaide, South Adelaide end the Magpies’ run of 29 consecutive victories, including one against Carlton and one against a combined team from the other six SAFL clubs.[2]
  • 25 September: Sturt win their first SAFL premiership, beating Port Adelaide 6.10 (46) to 4.10 (34) in the 1915 SAFL Grand Final.

West Australian Football League:

  • 25 September: Subiaco 3.3 (21) defeat Perth 2.7 (19) for their third WAFL premiership.




World Series



  • 5 April — Jess Willard, the latest "Great White Hope", defeats Jack Johnson with a 26th-round knockout in sweltering heat at Havana, Cuba. Willard becomes very popular among white Americans for "bringing back the championship to the white race".[3]
  • While six world titles remain unchanged in 1915, the World Welterweight Championship changes hands three times in less than three months between June and August. Finally, it comes to Ted "Kid" Lewis, who defeats Jack Britton twice to win and then retain the title, which will interchange between these two over the next four years.

Lineal world champions[4]

Canadian footballEdit

Grey Cup



  • Because of World War I, there is no first-class cricket in South Africa in the 1914–15 season, nor in England in 1915. Australia goes ahead with the 1914–15 Sheffield Shield competition but then suspends first-class cricket until 1919. Similarly, in New Zealand, the Plunket Shield is contested but then there is no first-class cricket until 1918. Only in India is first-class cricket able to continue through the war years.




New Zealand

South Africa

West Indies


Tour de France

Giro d'Italia

Figure skatingEdit

World Figure Skating Championships


Major tournaments

Other tournaments

Horse racingEdit






Ice hockeyEdit

Stanley Cup



Multi-sport eventsEdit

Far Eastern Championship Games


The Boat Race

Rugby leagueEdit


  • Huddersfield becomes the second team to achieve the celebrated "All Four Cups" feat. Huddersfield at this time is known as the "Team of all the Talents".
  • The continuance of World War I after the 1914–15 season causes the suspension of top-class rugby league until 1919.



Rugby unionEdit

Five Nations Championship

Speed skatingEdit

Speed Skating World Championships






Davis Cup

  • 1915 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – not contested


  1. ^ 2017 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 2017. pp. 107–109. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. ^ See Devaney, John; ‘The Invincibles at Play’; in Full Points Footy’s SA Football Companion, pp. 244-249
  3. ^ CBZ — Jess Willard biography. Retrieved on 13 September 2009.
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone
  5. ^ "Cycling-Tour de France list of winners". Eurosport UK. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Patrobas Wins Victoria Derby & Melbourne Cup :: "Pilot's" Story of Big Race". Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939). 3 November 1915. p. 1. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  7. ^ "WW1 boat race medal sold at auction". BBC News. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2021.