1821 in sports

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Years in sports: 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824
Centuries: 18th century · 19th century · 20th century
Decades: 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s
Years: 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824

1821 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.



  • Tom Cribb retains his English championship but no fights involving him are recorded in 1817.[1]






  • By this time, some form of order is beginning to be imposed on what has for centuries been a chaotic pastime played not so much by teams as by mobs. This form of football, known more politely as "folk football", is essentially a public holiday event. Shrove Tuesday is a traditional day for games across the country.
  • The games are generally thought to be free for alls with no holds barred and extremely violent. As for kicking and handling of the ball, it is certain that both means of moving the ball towards the goals are in use.
  • In the early nineteenth century, the public schools begin to devise their own versions, rules of which are verbally agreed and handed down over many years. Each school (e.g., Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester) has its own variations.

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  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Tom Cribb Archived 2009-05-04 at WebCite. Retrieved on 6 November 2009.
  2. ^ Birley, p.67.
  3. ^ CricketArchive – match scorecard.
  4. ^ 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


  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999