A historic
club

The beginnings of sport

CLUB FOUNDATION

The club's origins
date back to 1861

During the early years of the 20th century, it was known as the “Clube Inglês da Ajuda”, but the sporting history of Lisbon Sports Club dates back to 1861.On the 17th and 18th of October of that year, the first cricket match between a team from the unvanquished city (Porto) and a team from the capital was played. The northern Englishmen traveled by horse and boat, down the coast, on a long and adventurous journey to Lisbon. The game was played in what is now the Campo Pequeno Bullring and marked the official start of the Lisbon Cricket Club.

On the 17th and 18th of October of that year, the first cricket match between a team from the unvanquished city (Porto) and a team from the capital was played. The northern Englishmen traveled by horse and boat, down the coast, on a long and adventurous journey to Lisbon. The game was played in what is now the Campo Pequeno Bullring and marked the official start of the Lisbon Cricket Club.

In 1873 the list of members of the club was made up almost exclusively of Englishmen, but some Portuguese families stood out among British sportsmen.

In those years, the sport was not yet a valued activity by the Portuguese.

Portuguese elites favored intellectual training over physical activity, and until the end of the 19th century, few people dedicated themselves to sport. Everything changed with the beginning of the 20th century. Many sports began to emerge and at the Lisbon Club, tennis, golf, athletics, football, rugby and field hockey were already practiced.

In 1906, it was organized in Portugal, the first official tournament between football teams. Victory smiled at our Lisbon Cricket Club, who beat in the final the Cruz Negra. Before that, he had beaten Sport Lisboa, by Cosme Damião, which would later become Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

Also, in athletics, the club was a pioneer, organizing the first meeting in Portugal, even before the existence of the Portuguese Athletics Federation. With so many modalities and with such a reductive name, Lisbon Cricket Club decided to replace the word “Cricket” with the word “Sports”, and in 1922 it assumed its eclectic and definitive name: Lisbon Sports Club.

 

With the expansion of the city, the club was forced to move to a new house several times. Started at Campo Pequeno, crossed Cruz Quebrada, it stayed long years in Ajuda, to settle in Serra da Carregueira in Belas.

 

Golf is now the main sporting activity and the history of national golf is very much linked to the Lisbon Sports Club, which was one of the founders of the Portuguese Golf Federation. The club still maintains its British heritage today, being owned and managed by its own members.

The Club organizes since 1917 the Lisbon Cup, the oldest competition Lisbon golf, and still remains a player-forming club, having in its ranks several national champions.

Throughout its history, several illustrious members have passed through here. Prime ministers, governors, ambassadors, people who were just looking to play golf and not a means of social exposure.

 

A non-profit institution that makes sport the only reason for its existence. A family club that managed to survive regicides, world wars and revolutions. Difficulties that shaped his character and the unique way of being in sport.

Throughout its history, the club has had more than 30 presidents and almost 50 captains, who have always guaranteed all sporting activities and quality of the course until today.

Football

The first competition between football clubs in Portugal was organized by the magazine Tire and Sport and took place in March 1906.
“Cruz Quebrada - Football Challenge”, in 1906, the first Interclub football competition organized in Portugal, won by our club

It was a historic organization of the newspaper Tiro e Sport and Lisbon kindly offered the balls to be used in all challenges, as its connection to England allowed it to have more easily the best sports equipment.

In the semi-finals, Lisbon beat Sport Lisboa, which would later become Sport Lisboa e Benfica, and in the final he beat CIF 3-1, thus winning the first official football tournament played in Portugal. The magnificent bronze trophy was offered by Casa Sena and can still be seen today in the showcase-museum of the Lisbon Sports Club.

Main Club Cups

The club organizes annually more than a dozen competitions of great prestige.

Tournaments that were mostly created between the beginning of the 20th century and the 60s, a period when the Club lived in Alto da Ajuda. These competitions were traditionally named after the ambassadors of Great Britain accredited to Portugal or the names of their respective wives.

 

The Lisbon Golf Cup is the oldest competition in Lisbon golf. Created to celebrate the support of the Eastern Telegraph Company, it has been running continuously since 1917 and is the test that all golfers want to win.

 

Until the end of the 1970s, the sporting environment was still governed by conservative British standards, strictly respecting the division structure between women’s and men’s competitions. The McPherson Cup (1935) and Lady Campbell (1943) were strictly female territory, with the Wingfield Cup, Symington Cup (1926), Carneggie Cup (1928) and Coronation Cup (1937) they were part of the male kingdom.

Today the competitions are practically all mixed. The Eyares Ball, which turns 100 in 2021, and the Ronald Cup are also played by mixed pairs.
PRESIDENTES DO CLUBE
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1922 Charles Fredik Michel Recano 1973-74 Roy Chrystie
1923-24 Herbert Rawes 1975 Charles Stanley Wilson
1925-26 R. G. Jayne 1976 William Watson Kenneth Clements
1927 Stanley Rawes 1977 Roy Chrystie
1928-30 Severs Hildebrand Williams 1978-79 Jacob Soares Leitão
1931-33 Godfrey W. Thomas Pope 1980-81 Charles Stanley Wilson
1934 E. M. Waite 1982-89 Carlos Manuel Oliveira Ramos
1935-36 N. G. Mather 1990-92 Fernando José Pessoa Fragoso
1937-38 Godfrey W. Thomas Pope 1993-94 Jorge Manuel da Silva Marques
1941-47 William F. Stilwell 1995-96 Afonso Henriques de Vilhena
1941-47 Lancelot J. Rawes 1997-2000 Benjamim Ferreira Mendes
1948 W. MacCammond 2001-2004 Alexandre Vaz Pinto
1949-50 S. F. Mehling 2005-2010 João Sande e Castro Salgado
1951-59 Lancelot J. Rawes 2010-2012 Fernando Nunes Pedro
1960-67 Manuel Severo de Figueiredo Cunha 2013 Fernando Morgado
1967-69 Roy Chrystie 2014- Pedro Nunes Pedro
1970-72 Reginal Hunt
CAPITÃES DO CLUBE
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1922 Stanley Rawes 1973-74 B. Lennox
1923 C. Hickie 1975 Eduardo Caupers
1924 J. Rankin 1976 - 77 F. Carmona Costa
1925 - 26 J. M. A. Mather 1978 - 79 Charles Stanley Wilson
1927 - 28 C. Rankin 1980 - 81 Fernando Rocha
1929 C. C. Alexander 1982 L. Pereira Fonseca
1930 - 31 P. D. Thornburn 1983 F. Carmona Costa
1932 - 37 N. J. Mather 1984 - 85 Fernando Rocha
1938 J. S. MacBride 1986 - 87 Carlos Abreu
1939 B. C. Denman 1988 - 91 José Paredes
1940 J. S. MacBride 1992 - 94 João Donato
1941 - 45 G. I. Rankin 1995 - 96 Pedro Nunes Pedro 1946 - 47 N. J. Mather 1997 João Donato
1941 - 45 G. I. Rankin 1995 - 96 Pedro Nunes Pedro 1946 - 47 N. J. Mather 1997 João Donato
1948 - 49 W. MacCammond 1997 Mário Costa Macedo
1950 J. W. Chambers 1998 - 2000 Pedro Nunes Pedro
1951 - 53 N. Hall 2001 - 2003 José Paredes
1954 - 55 G. I. Rankin 2004 - 2006 Diogo Vaz Pinto
1956 Charles Stanley Wilson 2006 - 2007 Gustavo Salazar
1957 - 59 N. J. Mather 2007 - 2008 Carlos Mera
1960 Henrique Cunha de Eça 2008 Paulo Rodrigues Brito
1961 - 64 Charles Stanley Wilson 2009 - 2012 Pedro Nunes Pedro
1965 - 66 J. H. Nairn 2013 - 2015 José Paredes
1967 - 68 Ruy de Sá Sottomayor 2015 - 2019 João Inocentes
1969 Charles Stanley Wilson 2019 - Nuno Presa Cardoso
1971 - 72 José Teixeira