This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Eton Fives


What is Eton Fives?

In a time when sport is often all about money and big business, it is good to find a game which has barely changed since its creation, nearly two centuries ago.

The rules of fives are similar to squash apart from when the ball hits the buttress. If you fail to hit the ball above the ledge around the court, you lose the point. Like squash, you can only score when you’re serving.

Players wear padded leather gloves, since the ball is quite hard. It is only played as a doubles game - two teams of two players. It’s a game of honour and with no umpire or referee, the players must confess their own foul.
Not only is it an extremely fast game, but also one of great skill.

Unlike most other sports, it is thought left-handers have a sneaky advantage owing to the design of the court. Better still, the ambidextrous players have an advantage over both, since shots can be played with either hand.

Eton Fives Kinnaird 2014 highlights

Selected Clips from the 2014 Kinnaird Cup final from the 'Overhead Camera' viewpoint. Thanks to Eton College for hosting the event.

Eton Fives

New to Eton Fives? Want to know what it's all about? Take a look at this short film and find out why we think it's just about the best game in the world. For more information, visit

Eton Fives at Westway

Eton Fives at the Westway Sports Centre, an introduction broadcast on National Television

Cut return

How to return the cut in Eton fives by John Reynolds and demonstrated by Seb Cooley. Clips from national championships for the Kinnaird Cup feature Seb Cooley, Tom Dunbar, Pete Dunbar, James Toop, Matt Wiseman, George Campbell and Doug Foster.

Rugby Fives National Singles Final 2013 - Tristao vs. Ellison

For the first time in 6 year we have Rugby Fives National Final without James Toop. Tristao vs. Ellison.

After an hour of seriously high quality play, Tristao walks away with the title. He outplayed Will with a spectacular range of shots. Final score 15-4 15-7.

He is the first Old Pauline to win since the great John Easy in 1969.

Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg - 19.06.11

Bottom court match for jokes after ages!

Cameo from crow at around 8:30. The crow delves into my bag, and steals and opens a cereal bar. What a chief.

Eton Fives Scholars & Rogues 2010

Eton Fives tournament where a teacher pairs up with a school pupil.

Eton Fives Highgate Thursday night practice 250517

Eton Fives

Jon Ho + Ashley Lumbard VS Joe Marks + Emily Scoones

Adult language can be heard in this video, viewer discretion is advised.

Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg 19.06.11 - 2


Eton Fives Tournament - Scholars & Rogues

This is a school Tournament from 2009 where a teacher and pupil pair up to play together.

Eton Fives: Barber Cup final second pair

Barber Cup Final second pair at Eton 21/02/10: Seb Cooley & Howard Wiseman of the Old Olavians against Tom Gerrard & Tom Cox of the Old Salopians

Scholars and Rogues Eton Fives Tournament 2015

Eton Fives tournament at Berkhamsted School where a pupil and staff member pair up together.

Video created by James Morrison.

Berkhamsted Eton Fives Scholars & Rogues 2013

Eton Fives competition where a teacher and pupil pair up together.

Eton Fives Under 25s 113.avi

Under 25s Mens Final at Highgate 03/01/10: Robert Desmond & Laurie Brock vs Andrew Joyce & Mylo Scurr

Eton Fives Kinnaird Cup Final 2010

Matthew Wiseman and James Toop vs. Tom Dunbar and Peter Dunbar.

Eton Fives: Midlands Tournament 2010

Midlands Tournament 2010 final at Repton: Ant Theodossi & Ryan Perrie vs Mark Yates & Sid Simmons

Eton Fives: Varsity Match 2010

Robert Desmond & Laurie Brock of Cambridge against Rex Worth & Peter Stewart of Oxford at first pair in the Eton Fives Varsity Match at Eton 06/03/10.

Eton Fives Under 25s 111.avi

Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Ladies Final - Charlotta Cooley & Anita Ganguly vs Dom Redmond & Ashley Lumbard

Eton Fives: Aston House Studs vs The Academy in the Westway Summer Superleague 2010

Robert Desmond & Spencer Chapman of the Studs take on John Reynolds & Sam Matthews of the Academy



Check Also