1726 to 1775 in sports

1726 To 1775 In Sports

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1726 to 1775 in sports describes the period's events in world sport.

Few sporting references are found in the infant newspaper industry of the period but there are enough to confirm the establishment of professionalism in English sports like boxing, cricket and horse racing. The earliest known codification of rules occurs in each of these and in the still amateur sport of golf.


  • A game similar to bandy is known in Wales as "bando", a term used in a dictionary by John Walters published in 1770–94. Bando is particularly popular in the Cynffig-Margam district of the Vale of Glamorgan where wide stretches of sandy beaches afford ample room for play.


  • Tom Pipes claims the vacant Championship of England title until beaten by George "The Barber" Taylor in 1735.
  • Jack Broughton claims the English title in 1738 after defeating George Taylor and holds it until retiring in 1744, but his title is unclaimed until 1750
  • 1750 — Broughton comes out of retirement to fight Jack Slack of Norwich. Broughton is beaten after Slack punches him right between the eyes and creates so much swelling that Broughton is unable to see and is forced to concede the bout. Slack remains champion until 1760.
  • 1758 — Jack Broughton drafts the London Prize Ring rules
  • 1760 — Jack Slack is beaten by William "The......
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