1809 in sports

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Years in sports: 1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812
Centuries: 18th century · 19th century · 20th century
Decades: 1770s 1780s 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s
Years: 1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812

1809 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • 1 February — English champion Tom Cribb retains his title by defeating Jem Belcher in 31 rounds at Epsom Downs
  • 30 April — death of former English champion Hen Pearce, who had retired in 1807 because of his failing health

Cricket[edit]

Events

  • It is about this time that the no-ball rule is first applied re the bowler's foot being over the crease. It would be applied to throwing in 1816.
  • Lord's Old Ground, home of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), has become the accepted venue for all great matches and it is the ambition of every aspiring cricketer to play there. But Lord's is already losing its rural character as London expands and begins to surround it. The landlord, Mr Portman, feels able to increase the rent and so Thomas Lord decides to seek another venue. The lease on the "Old Ground" is due to expire on Lady Day in 1810 but Lord moves fast and, by May 1809, has secured a lease on another plot of land, part of the St John's Wood estate which belongs to the Eyre family. He opens this "Middle Ground" in time for the 1809 season but MCC at first refuses to relocate and continues at the Old Ground until the winter of 1810-11 when Lord stages a fait accompli by literally seizing "his turf" which is dug up and moved to the Middle Ground.
  • John Sherman makes his debut in first-class cricket. His career continues to 1852 and is the joint-longest on record, equalled only by W. G. Grace.

England

Horse racing[edit]

Events

England

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Note that scorecards created in the first quarter of the 19th century are not necessarily accurate or complete; therefore any summary of runs, wickets or catches can only represent the known totals and the missing data prevents effective computation of averages