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1886 in Sports
1886 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- Arsenal FC founded as Dial Square FC by munitions workers from the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich in southeast London. Dial Square is the name of one of their workshops. At the end of the year, the players hold a pub meeting and change the club's name to Royal Arsenal. Five years later, the name is changed to Woolwich Arsenal. The club's present name will be adopted in 1914 after the move to Islington.
- 13 March -- Tinsley Lindley scores in the first of his record 9 consecutive England games
- 10 May -- The Football Association approves a proposal made by N. Lane Jackson, an Old Corinthian, that players be given a cap for every international match in which they take part.
- FA Cup final - Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion at The Oval; replay after 0-0 draw at The Oval. This is Blackburn's third successive victory and the final is the first to feature two extant members of The Football League.
- December 11 - Dial Square F.C., later to become Arsenal FC (see above)), play their first match, a 6-0 win over the Eastern Wanderers.
- The Sporting News established in St. Louis. It becomes the dominant American publication covering baseball, so much so that it acquires the nickname "The Bible of Baseball".
Lineal world champions
- Somerset does not play against any other first-class counties and drops out of the County Championship until 1891.
- Hampshire ceases to be a first-class county after years of difficult circumstances and poor results. They do play matches against Surrey and Sussex in 1886 but these matches are not recognised as first-class. Hampshire will not recover first-class status until the beginning of the 1895 season when they will be readmitted to the County Championship.
- Wexford GAA becomes the first of the 32 GAA county boards
The Boat Race
Home Nations Championship