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Chapter

University and College Sport

H. S. Jones

in The History of the University of Oxford

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199510177
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191700972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510177.003.0022

Series: History of the University of Oxford

University and College Sport

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By 1850, the Boat Race, though not yet known by that lapidary title, had an established place in the sporting calendar of Oxford University. It was almost (though not quite) an annual fixture, and was regarded as ‘the great event of the aquatic year’ and ‘the greatest of all aquatic reunions’. The Oxford–Cambridge cricket match, a still more venerable fixture, had established itself as an annual contest, but excited less public interest than its counterpart on the river. These were, however, the only two inter-university contests yet established; the concept of the ‘blue’ had not yet emerged; and Lord's was not yet established as the permanent venue for the cricket match. Sport in Oxford had not taken on a recognizably modern form; netther had the word ‘sport’ assumed its modern meaning, for to the Oxford undergraduate of the 1850s it still meant hunting, whereas rowing, cricket, and boxing were ‘athletic pursuits’. The half-century that followed saw the establishment of the distinctive patterns of modern Oxford sport and, indeed, of undergraduate leisure.

Keywords: Oxford University; sport; Boat Race; cricket; leisure; rowing; boxing; hunting

Chapter.  14539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: modern history (1700 to 1945)

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