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1871 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


American football

College championship


Association football



National championship




  • With the main American Championship title claimant Mike McCoole inactive this year, attention focuses on two fights between Jem Mace and Joe Coburn. Both fights are drawn and Mace continues to state his claim to the American Championship. However, having suffered a hand injury in his second fight with Coburn, Mace relinquishes all his title claims and returns to exhibition boxing.[3]
  • McCoole is now generally regarded as the champion by default, his main challenger being Tom Allen who was defeated by McCoole in 1869.[4]




  • Champion County[5]Nottinghamshire
  • Most runs – W G Grace 2739 @ 78.25 (HS 268), a staggering feat on the pitches of the time. Richard Daft has the next highest average among batsmen playing 10 innings or more, with 37.66, less than half of Grace's figure. Harry Jupp has the next highest runs aggregate, with 1068. Grace makes ten centuries in the season, while no other player can manage more than one.
  • Most wickets – James Southerton 151 @ 15.72 (BB 8–63)

Gaelic football

  • During the 1860s and 1870s, rugby and association football have started to become popular in Ireland. According to Gaelic football historian Jack Mahon, caid has begun to give way to a "rough-and-tumble game" which even allows tripping.
  • County Limerick is the stronghold of the native game around this time and the Commercials Club, founded by employees of Cannock’s Drapery Store, is one of the first to impose a set of rules that is later adopted by other clubs in the county.


Major tournaments

Horse racing







The Boat Race

Rugby football


  • 26 January — the Rugby Football Union (RFU) is founded at the Pall Mall Restaurant, which is situated near Trafalgar Square at 1 Cockspur Street, London. The formation of the RFU establishes the "handling game" as a different sport to the "dribbling game" that is increasingly being played under FA auspices.
  • 21 clubs are represented at the meeting: Blackheath, Richmond, Ravenscourt Park, West Kent, Marlborough Nomads, Wimbledon Hornets, Gipsies, Civil Service, Law Club, Wellington College, Guy’s Hospital, Flamingoes, Clapham Rovers, Harlequins, King’s College, St Paul’s School, Queen’s House, Lausanne, Addison, Mohicans, Belsize Park. Algernon Rutter of Richmond is elected the first president. A committee is selected to produce a definitive national set of Rugby Football laws.
  • 27 March — the first ever official international fixture in any kind of football takes place with a rugby football game between Scotland and England. Scotland (i.e., Scottish members of the RFU) defeats England (i.e., English members of the RFU) by 1 goal & 1 try to 1 try at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. The match is played by teams of 20–a–side and the game lasts for 50 minutes each way.
  • Foundation of Rochdale Hornets and Worcester RFC

Yacht racing

America's Cup


  1. ^ http://www.collegefootballblog.org/2006/03/
  2. ^ http://www.the-game.org/history-waltercamp.htm
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  5. ^ An unofficial seasonal title proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted.


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