The 20th Century in sport as in other spheres such as science, technology and space travel, was one of great advance and exciting events. Histrionic but not yet historic, the following events were the ones to set the heart pounding and the nerves jangling for the many millions who are devotees of their own particular sport. There follows an epic journey through the 1900‘s with all your favourite incidents and great sporting moments recorded and illustrated for your enjoyment covering the years 1900 to 1995.
It is arranged in strict chronological order starting with 1900 and ending with 1995.
. There follows below an index hyperlinked to each year so to view the year in which you are interested just left click the blue text and you will be taken straight to it. At the bottom of each page are a “Back” button to go back one page and a “Forward” button to go forward one page. Nothing could be simpler, if you wish to return to the index page there is a link on each page for that also. Obviously only the more significant events of the Century can be included but it is sufficiently comprehensive to be a useful tool for the sports fan seeking information on SPORT IN THE 20TH CENTURY.
1900 - Olympic Games
1901 - Horse Racing- Lester Reiff/Soccer-Tottenham Hotspur
1902 - Soccer-Ibrox Disaster/Did You Know?
1903 - Boxing -Jim Corbett/Boxing-Bob Fitzsimmons/Did You Know?
1904 - Olympic Games/Horse Racing-Pretty Polly/Did You Know?
1905 - Soccer-Chelsea FC/Rugby Union-All Blacks/Did You Know?
1906 - Motor Racing-Francois Szisz/Amer. Football-Dangers of/Cricket-Frank Wooley/Did You Know?
1907 - Tennis-Norman Brookes/MotorRacing-Brooklands/Rugby Union-Twickenham/Did You Know?
1908 - Olympic Games
1909 - Soccer-Hampden Riot/Horse Racing-Minoru/Did You Know?
1910 - Soccer-Manchester United/Tennis-Tony Wilding/Boxing -Jack Johnson/Did You Know?
1911 - Tennis-Dorothea Chambers/Tennis-Decugis&Gobert/Did You Know/
1912 - Soccer-Goalkeepers/Olympics-Jim Thorpe/Tennis-Maurice McLaughlin/Did You Know?
1913 - Francis Oiumet/Horse Racing-Suffragettes/Did You Know?
1914 - Soccer-Crystal Palace/Golf-Sultans of Swing/Did You Know?
1915 - 1918 - Great War
1919 - Baseball - Chicago Bears/Boxing-Jack Dempsey/Tennis-Suzanne Lenglen
1920 - Olympics-Albert Hill/Olympics-Paavo Nurmi/Did You Know?
1921 - Baseball-Babe Ruth/Boxing-Jack Dempsey/Did You Know?
1922 - Golf-Walter Hagen/Tennis-Wimbledon/Motor Racing-Monza/Did You Know?
1923 - Rugby Union -Eric Liddell/Boxing-Dempsey v Firpo/Did You Know?
1924 - Winter Olympics/Olympics Paavo Nurmi/Cricket-Herbert Sutcliffe/Did You Know?
1925 - American Football-Red Grange/Rugby Union-“The Invincibles”/Did You Know?
1926 - Cricket - Harold Larwood/Golf-Bobby Jones/Boxing-Gene Tunney/Did You Know?
1927 - Boxing-“Long Count”/Soccer-Arsenal/Did You Know?
1928 - Olympic Games
1929 - Cricket-Wally Hammond/Soccer-Alex James/American Football-Green Bay Packers
1930 - Soccer-First World Cup/Speed-Sir H. Seagrave/Boxing-Max Schmeling/Did You Know?
1931 - Rugby Union-French Outlawed/Rugby Union/South Africa/Did You Know?
1932 - Olympics & Depression/Cricket-Bodyline/Did You Know/
1933 - Horse Racing -Derby/Tennis-Davis Cup/Boxing Carnera“Ambling Alp”/Did You Know?
1934 - Soccer-World Cup/Soccer-Battleof Highbury/Golf - Henry Cotton/Did You Know?
1935 - Horse Racing - Golden Miller/Boxing - James Braddock/Golf Gene Sarazen/Did You Know?
1936 - Berlin Olympics
1937 - Boxing-Joe Louis/Cricket-Len Hutton/Did You Know?
1938 - Soccer-World Cup-Italy/Tennis-Don Budge/Did You Know?
1939 - Baseball -Lou Gerhig/Tennis-Alice Marble/Did You Know?
1940-45 - Sport in World War II
1945 - Soccer-Moscow Dynamo/Soccer-Matt Busby/Did You Know?
1946 - Golf-Sam Snead/Boxing-Benny Lynch/Tennis-Yvon Petra/Did You Know?
1947 - Golf-Jimmy Demaret/Boxing -LouisvWalcott/Tennis-Jack Kramer/Did You Know?
1948 - Olympic Games London
1949 - Soccer-Glasgow Rangers/Tennis-Gussie Moran/Motor Racing-Fangio/Did You Know?
1950 - Golf - Ben Hogan/Soccer-England’s Shame/Motor Racing-Farina/Did You Know?
1951 - Boxing - Robinson v LaMotta/Boxing-Louis v Marciano/Boxing-Turpin v Robinson/did You Know?
1952 - Olympics -Emil Zatopek/Soccer-Nat Lofthouse/Tennis-Frank Sedgman/did You Know?
1953 - Soccer - England v Hungary/Horse Racing/Gordon Richards/Tennis-Ken Rosewall/Did You Know?
1954 - Athletics-4 Minute Mile/Boxing-Marciano/Did You Know?
1955 - Cricket - Len Hutton/Motor Racing - Le Mans Fatality/Motor Racing -Ascari/Did You Know?
1956 - Olympics - Melbourne
1957 - Boxing -Sugar Ray Robinson/Rugby Union-Grand Slam/Soccer-Tom Finney/Did You Know?
1958 - Man. United Air Crash/Socer-Pele/Did You Know?
1959 - Boxing - Floyd Patterson/Tennis-Maria Bueno/Golf-Gary Player/Did You Know?
1960 - Soccer -Real Madrid/Golf-Arnie Palmer/Olympics-Abebe Bikila
1961 - Tennis-Angla Mortimer/Golf-Arnie Palmer/Cricket-Ritchie Benaud/Did You Know?
1962 - Tennis - Rod Laver/Boxing-Floyd Patterson/Tennis-Margaret Smith/Did You Know?
1963 - Cricket-Ted Dexter/Athletrics-Ron Clarke/Boxing-Cooper v Clay
1964 - Winter Olympics-Nash&Dixon/Boxing Cassius Clay/Olympics-British Golds
1965 - Boxing-Freddie Mills/Golf-Gary Player/Boxing-Sonny Liston/Did You Know?
1966 - Rugby Union - Welsh Stars/Socer-England’s Finest Hour
1967 - Horse Racing-Foinavon/Motor Racing-Jim Clarke/Did You Know/
1968 - Olympics - Mexico City
1969 - American Football-Joe Namath/Golf-Tony Jacklin/Golf-Ryder Cup/Tennis-Rod Laver
1970 - Horse Racing-Njinsky/Soccer-Leeds misses Treble/Soccer-Bobby Moore
1971 - Socer-Ibrox Disaster No2/Boxing-Joe Frazier/Golf-Lee Trevion
1972 - Olympic Games - Munich
1973 - Cricket - Ray Illingworth/Motor Racing- Jackie Stewart/Horse Racing-Red Rum/Did You Know?
1974 - Boxing-Muhammed Ali/Football-Alf Ramsey/Cricket -Rohan Kanhai
1975 - Golf - Tom Watson/Speed-Barry Sheene/Tennis-Arthur Ashe/Did You Know?
1976 - Tennis-Sue Barker/Olympics-Nadia Comaneci/Tennis-Bjorn Borg/Soccer-Southampton
1977 - Boxing-John Conteh/Soccer-Tommy Docherty/Tennis-Virginia Wade/Cricket-Kerry Packer
1978- Rugby Union-Phil Bennett/Rugby Un.-Munster/Motor Racing-Ric. Patrese/Boxing-Muh. Ali
1979 - Soccer-Trevor Francis/Tennis-Billie Jean/Cricket-Jeff Thomson/Sailing/Fastnet Race
1980 - Tennis - Borg v McEnroe/Olympics - Coe v Ovett
1981 - Horse Racing - Shergar/skating-Torvill&Dean/Tennis-BorgvMcInroe
1982 - Cricket-Tour Rebels/Soccer-World Cup/Athletics-Daley Thompson/Did You Know?
1983 - Sailing-Americas Cup/Athletics-World Championships/Golf-Seve Ballasteros
1984 - Olympics - Los Angeles
1985 - Soccer-Bradford Inferno/Boxing-Barry McGuigan/Football-Hysel Tragedy/Did You Know?
1986 - Golf-Jack Nicklaus/American Football-The Refrigerator/Soccer-The Hand of God
1987 - Rugby-The All Blacks/Rowing-Oxford University/Boxing-Mike Tyson/Did You Know?
1988 - Winter Oly.-Eddie Eagle/Golf-Nick Faldo/Olymp.-Ben Johnson/Boxing - Sugar Ray Leonard
1989 - Soccer-Hillsborough/Motor Racing - Prost v Senna/Football-Mo Johnstone/Did You Know?
1990 - Tennis-Navratilova/Golf-Nick Faldo/Boxing-Mike Tyson
1991 - Boxing-Sugar Ray Leonard/Rugby -David Campesi/Athletics-Long Jump Record
1992 - Olympics - Barcelona
1993 - Tennis -Monika Seles/Soccer-Cantona/Did You Know?
1994 - Wint. Olympics-T. Harding/Football-World Cup/Boxing-George Foreman
1995 - Football-Cantona Mad Moment/Rugby-World Cup S. Africa/Boxing- Tragic Death
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