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A brief history of cricket

THE ORIGINS OF CRICKET LIE SOMEWHERE IN THE DARK AGES – PROBABLY AFTER THE ROMAN EMPIRE, ALMOST CERTAINLY BEFORE THE NORMANS INVADED ENGLAND, AND ALMOST CERTAINLY SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN EUROPE. ALL RESEARCH CONCEDES THAT THE GAME DERIVED FROM A VERY OLD, WIDESPREAD AND UNCOMPLICATED PASTIME BY WHICH ONE PLAYER SERVED UP AN OBJECT, BE IT A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD OR A BALL, AND ANOTHER HIT IT WITH A SUITABLY FASHIONED CLUB.

HOW AND WHEN THIS CLUB-BALL GAME DEVELOPED INTO ONE WHERE THE HITTER DEFENDED A TARGET AGAINST THE THROWER IS SIMPLY NOT KNOWN. NOR IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE AS TO WHEN POINTS WERE AWARDED DEPENDENT UPON HOW FAR THE HITTER WAS ABLE TO DESPATCH THE MISSILE; NOR WHEN HELPERS JOINED THE TWO-PLAYER CONTEST, THUS BEGINNING THE EVOLUTION INTO A TEAM GAME; NOR WHEN THE DEFINING CONCEPT OF PLACING WICKETS AT EITHER END OF THE PITCH WAS ADOPTED ETYMOLOGICAL SCHOLARSHIP HAS VARIOUSLY PLACED THE GAME IN THE CELTIC, SCANDINAVIAN, ANGLO-SAXON, DUTCH AND NORMAN-FRENCH TRADITIONS; SOCIOLOGICAL HISTORIANS HAVE VARIOUSLY ATTRIBUTED ITS MEDIAEVAL DEVELOPMENT TO HIGH-BORN COUNTRY LANDOWNERS, EMIGRÉ FLEMISH CLOTH-WORKERS, SHEPHERDS ON THE CLOSE-CROPPED DOWNLAND OF SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND AND THE CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITIES OF IRON- AND GLASS-WORKERS DEEP IN THE KENTISH WEALD. MOST OF THESE THEORIES HAVE A SOLID ACADEMIC BASIS, BUT NONE IS BACKED WITH ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO ESTABLISH A WATERTIGHT CASE. THE RESEARCH GOES ON.
more on:https://openhousesports.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/114/
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HISTORY OF Football

History of Football – The Origins

THE CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE GAME SPANS MORE THAN 100 YEARS. IT ALL BEGAN IN 1863 IN ENGLAND, WHEN RUGBY FOOTBALL AND ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL BRANCHED OFF ON THEIR DIFFERENT COURSES AND THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION IN ENGLAND WAS FORMED – BECOMING THE SPORT’S FIRST GOVERNING BODY.



kicking the ball
kicking the ball
BOTH CODES STEMMED FROM A COMMON ROOT AND BOTH HAVE A LONG AND INTRICATELY BRANCHED ANCESTRAL TREE. A SEARCH DOWN THE CENTURIES REVEALS AT LEAST HALF A DOZEN DIFFERENT GAMES, VARYING TO DIFFERENT DEGREES, AND TO WHICH THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF FOOTBALL HAS BEEN TRACED BACK. WHETHER THIS CAN BE JUSTIFIED IN SOME INSTANCES IS DISPUTABLE. NEVERTHELESS, THE FACT REMAINS THAT PEOPLE HAVE ENJOYED KICKING A BALL ABOUT FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO CONSIDER IT AN ABERRATION OF THE MORE ‘NATURAL’ FORM OF PLAYING A BALL WITH THE HANDS. more on :https://openhousesports.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/history-of-football/
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