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Sport

Wimbledon on almost any language means tennis - though its original name was Sphairistike (full rule book available in the museum shop)! For  over 125 years the annual Championships of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club have attracted the world's foremost amateur and then professional players. Starting off as the All England Croquet Club in 1869 in grounds off Worple Road, the Club held its first lawn tennis championships for men in 1875 and for ladies in 1884. So popular did they become, with crowds of over 10,000, that in 1913 the Club decided to move to its present site just off Church Road where the championships have been held since 1922. A Museum of Lawn Tennis opened on the site in 1977.

Nowadays Wimbledon is also famous for football. Wimbledon Football Club's old ground in Plough Lane was opened in 1914. After winning the Amateur Cup in 1964 the players turned professional and raced through the Football League - amazing everybody to beat Liverpool and win the FA Cup in 1988. Incredibly the "Dons" decided to move to Milton Keynes where their star faded and Plough Lane was redeveloped as housing. But the story is set to repeat itself as AFC Wimbledon shot up through the ranks and entered the Football League proper in 2011.

Cricket has been played on the Common since 1788 and the Wimbledon Cricket Club was founded in 1842, moving from the Common to its present impressive ground in Church Road in 1890. Two of the oldest golf clubs in England, London Scottish and Royal Wimbledon, are situated on the Common and started together in 1865. They were followed by Wimbledon Park in 1889 and Wimbledon Common in 1908. In 1718 racing in Wimbledon meant horse racing on the Common. Today it is greyhound racing at the stadium in Plough Lane, one of the busiest in the country which also hosts three classics. The stadium is also home to stock car racing. All of the major and minor sports are played somewhere in Wimbledon (the rugby club also dates from 1865) and there is plenty of room for leisure cycling across the Common.