On this day

December 15, 1899

cover page of Sporting Life published on December 15, 1899

Sporting Life

Issues

11,095

Pages

57,698

Available years

1859-1909

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:

  • 1859–1909 The Sporting Life.
  • 1859–59 The Penny Bell's Life and Sporting News.

This newspaper is published by an unknown publisher 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 Mar 18, 2017.