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    Football and tennis popularised by cricket

    My cousin was saying the first international football match was held in a cricket stadium and MCC held the Wimbledon championships and the first test in the same year.

    How much is cricket responsible for spreading football and tennis? More insights on this will be highly appreciated.

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    Football got popular in UK because they couldnt play cricket in winter

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    I wouldn't say Scotland V England being held in a cricket ground is a case for cricket being responsible for 'spreading' football tbh
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    Coco Pops is responsible for spreading football tbh. Those adverts with Des Lynam in Lion Cartoon form ftw.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Alex View Post
    Football got popular in UK because they couldnt play cricket in winter
    Actually thats why the Aussies came up with Markball.

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    Thats a bit like saying 'The first planes were made out of wood.... How much can trees claim in the rapid growth of modern aviation?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    My cousin was saying the first international football match was held in a cricket stadium and MCC held the Wimbledon championships and the first test in the same year.

    How much is cricket responsible for spreading football and tennis? More insights on this will be highly appreciated.

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    It's not at all responsible.

    The first Scotland v England international being played on the West of Scotland Cricket Ground has nothing to do with cricket and everything to do with the facilities available. Most teams in Scotland would have played on public parks - in 1872, Rangers were merely an idea in the head of 4 young men, Celtic were still 16 years away from being formed, and Queen's Park, the pre-eminent club in Britain at the time, still played on a public recreation space in the south side of Glasgow, and didn't move to the first Hampden Park until the 1880s, mostly as a result of a new railway line being built along the western edge of their ground.

    As football became more and more popular in the 1890s and 1900s, specialised stadia were built, Queen's Park moved into their present home at Hampden in the early 1900s, Celtic were building a world class sporting arena, and Rangers moved into the present day Ibrox in 1899.

    None of that had anything to do with cricket.

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    What about tennis? MCC held the Wimbledon championships and the first test in the same year and were head of tennis at the time if I am not wrong.

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    Think you're wrong there as well to be honest, was the All-England club (as it still is)
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    Lord's has some sort of Real Tennis facility, doesn't it? Maybe that's what Pratters is getting confused about?

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    Looking at Wiki then the MCC had a set of tennis rules, but those were nothing to do with the starting of Wimbledon (and the All-England Club set up their own rules for it)

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    Ok. Thanks.



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