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February 24, 1909

cover page of Sporting Life published on February 24, 1909

Sporting Life





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Sporting Life, published in London, started as a biweekly publication that became a daily publication in 1883. During its first year of publication, it was called Penny Bell’s Life and Sporting News. The following year, the paper changed its name to Sporting Life.

While the paper was particularly known for its thorough coverage of horse racing, the paper also covered a wide-range of athletics: football, cricket, cycling, aquatics, boxing, billiards, golf, lacrosse, and hunting. The paper also eventually covered sports in America, France, and Australia.

George Maddick and Samuel O. Beeton started Sporting Life in 1859. The paper acquired one of its competitors, Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, in 1886. Sporting Life ceased publication in 1998 when it merged with the Racing Post.

For this newspaper, we have the following titles in, or planned for, our digital archive:

  • 1859–1915 The Sporting Life.
  • 1859–59 The Penny Bell's Life and Sporting News.

This newspaper is published by 365 Media Group Ltd in London, London, England. It was digitised and first made available on the British Newspaper Archive in Jan 2, 2015 . The latest issues were added in Jan 12, 2022.