1823 in sports

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Years in sports: 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826
Centuries: 18th century · 19th century · 20th century
Decades: 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s
Years: 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826

1823 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.



  • 20 May — Tom Spring is finally able to defend his English Championship title when he receives a challenge from Bill Neat. The two meet on Hinckley Downs and the fight ends in the eighth round when Neat is forced to retire, having sustained a broken arm in the sixth round.[1]



  • The size of the wicket is increased to 27 x 8 inches.




  • The traditional date of the William Webb Ellis legend. He is the Rugby School pupil who, it is said, "with a fine disregard for the rules of football, took the ball in his hands and ran with it". Even if the tale is true, the game will have been a version of folk football with rules that had been verbally agreed by the Rugby School pupils. Such rules are always open to challenge and it may be that an incident like this did occur with the result that a "dribbling" game became primarily a handling game.

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  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Tom Spring
  2. ^ 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