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Eton Fives


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.

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

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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 Doubles Final 2013

Defending Champions Grant & Tristao take on Brooks & Ellison in this nailbiting final.

Only the first game was filmed.

The action took place on the 7th April and Alleyn's School, Dulwich.

Rugby Fives North West Open Singles Final, 2014

Join the action in Manchester as Will Ellison takes on James Toop in the NW 2014 final. James has never played this tournament before so his place in the final is all the more remarkable.
In the end Will's patience and power overcome James' tenacity, and the Wykehamist wins 11-6 11-6. This is the first time Will has won this tournament and it completes his full sweep of ALL regional titles.

The report can be found here:

Eton Fives: Mens Under 25 Final 2011

Mens Under 25 Final 2011 at Eton: Andrew Joyce & Laurie Brock vs Ryan Perrie & Jeremy O'Neill

Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg at Highgate 04.01.2011 - Match 1

Bring on the new year with our first bottom court match!

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.

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Spencer Chapman & Nigel Cox of North Oxford vs Will Illingworth & Alfred Jackson of Cambridge University in a friendly fixture at Eton 13/02/10

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: Old Cholms Vs Old Olavians 1 17.10.10

Cholms pair 2 (Abhishek Bhattacharya and Guy Chapman) vs Olavians pair 2 (David Mew and George Campbell) at Eton College.

Eton Fives Summer Superleague - Katona vs WHOREFC 3

The Westway Sports Centre Summer Superleague in action.

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Mandie Clemmett & Emma Double of North Oxford and Joanna Walsh & Julia Toynton of Cambridge University playing a match at Eton 13/02/10

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.

Eton Fives Scholars & Rogues 2010

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

Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg at Highgate 04.01.2011 - Match 2

Second Bottom court match!

Eton Fives: Ladies Under 25 Final 2011

Ladies Under 25 Final 2011 at Eton: Karen Hird & Emily Scoones vs Ashley Lumbard & Annabel Griffiths

Warum England den Sport erfand - Dokumentation von NZZ Format (2004)

Grossbritannien ist eine verspielte Nation. Kein Wunder, dass hier die Wiege des modernen Sports zu finden ist. Fussball, Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, ja sogar Ski- und Bobfahren und allerhand andere körperliche Ertüchtigungen mehr wurden von viktorianischen Gentlemen erfunden. Oft ging es dabei darum, die zu verrohen drohenden Sitten von reichen genauso wie armen Jugendlichen in neue Bahnen zu lenken.
«Warum England den Sport erfand» verfolgt die Geschichte von Fussball und Squash von ihren noblen Ursprüngen in den Internaten zum Massensport von heute. Allerdings hat die britische Spielnatur nicht nur «gesunden» Sport hervorgebracht. Für viele Briten ist der Pub das einzige Sportzentrum, das sie je besuchen. Auch hier begibt sich »NZZ Format» auf die Suche nach dem grossen, britischen Sportlergeist.

Abonniere NZZ Format:


Links zur Sendung:

Eton College: Wall Game, Field Game, Eton Fives

zu Eton Fives:

Rackets, Squash:
Harrow School

Mike Corby, Vice President World Squash Foundation
Fitness Exchange

Peter Nicol

Real Tennis / Royal Tennis:

Hackney Marshes

Richard Holtan der De Montfort University

James Masters

Zu Table Skittles

Spiel-Geschichte, Regeln usw.

London Skittles

Sportmuseum Schweiz



Richard Holt
Institut Sports History and Culture
DeMontford University, Leicester

Rackets, Squash:
Harrow School
Kirsty Race, Communications Manager
5 High Street
Harrow on the Hill
Middlesex HA1 3HP

Mike Corby, Vice President World Squash Foundation
Fitness Exchange
Cottons Building
1 Tooley Street
London SE 1 2QN

Real Tennis / Royal Tennis:
Lesley Ronaldson
Hampton Court Place
Surrey KT8 9AU

London Skittles:
Guy Tunnicliffe
C/o Freemason’s Arms
Downshire Hill
London NW3 1NT

Shove Ha’penny:
Roger und Freeda Groves
«The Old Hermitage»
Hermitage Lane
Kent ME16 9NT

Aunt Sally:
Andy Beal
10 Sandy Lane
Blackbird Leys
Oxford OX4 6AW

Sportmuseum Schweiz
Max Triet, Direktor
Missionsstrasse 28
CH–4055 Basel
Tel. +41 61 261 12 21
Fax +41 61 261 12 47

Verein Wintersport-Museum Davos
Hans Morgenegg, Präsident
Promenade 43
CH–7260 Davos Dorf
Tel. +41 81 413 24 84

Dokumentationsbibliothek Davos
Promenade 88
CH–7270 Davos Platz
Tel. +41 81 413 08 26


Sport And The British
Richard Holt
Oxford University Press, Oxford

Playing The Game – Sport And British Society 1910 – 1945
Derek Birley
Manchester University Press, Manchester

Land Of Sport And Glory – Sport And British Society 1887 – 1910
Derek Birley
Manchester University Press, Manchester

A Social History Of Cricket
Derek Birley
Aurum Press, London

From Ritual To Record – The Nature Of Modern Sports
Allen Guttmann
Columbia University Press, New York/Guildford



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