Mass, organised sport as we know it today did not exist when the London blue plaques scheme was started by the (Royal) Society of Arts in 1866 - the fledgling Football Association, for example, had been founded just three years earlier. In its early years, the plaques scheme focused on literary and artistic figures, and sporting achievement went unnoticed.
English Heritage took on the London-wide plaques scheme in 1986, since when the number of sporting plaques has risen sharply. Thanks to some inspired public suggestions, and also to collaborative work with Sport England and other bodies, a number of sporting champions have been honoured with one of the famous blue roundels on a London building with which they were once associated.
Sport, however, remains an under-represented area of the scheme, and more nominations are welcomed. Find out how to propose a blue plaque under the London-wide scheme.
Many sporting achievers had no London address, and therefore fall outside the scope of the English Heritage scheme. To view a selection of sporting plaques both in London and outside, visit the Played in Britain website.
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