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29th February 2016 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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Those answering the Saturday Quiz questions on AudlemOnline over the weekend will have noted the answer to the question asking where the first FA Cup Final was played. It was Kennington Oval.

Curiously, that same Oval was mentioned during the commentary on ITV of the England v Ireland rugby international on Saturday, as it was the first ground to host a match between the two teams.

A webteam member was curious enough to try to find out more and it appears that the Kennington Oval can claim a good number of 'firsts' in three different sports.

It staged the first FA Cup final in 1872 – the question in our quiz – as well as those between 1874 and 1892. In 1870, it staged England's first international football match, versus Scotland. It also held the first England v Scotland rugby international match played in England, and in 1877 rugby's first Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match.

The Oval, currently known as the Kia Oval, is now of course the famous cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, South London. It's been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845.

To top off its list of 'firsts', it was the first ground to host a home England v Australia Test match in 1882. To this day, the final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.

Our bottom photo is an illustration from the first England v Scotland rugby match in 1872, despite the ball almost looking like a soccer ball. Most local readers will be pleased to know that England won.

The Oval match was a return fixture the year after the 1871 rugby union match between Scotland and England in March 1871, which was the world's very first international rugby union match, played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in front of 4,000 spectators. That match was won by Scotland who scored two tries and a goal to England's single try.


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