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Test match

In the 1890s, this term was used both in Football and Cricket. In fact, there is a debate regarding which sport first used the term extensively and meaningfully.
This term is still used in Cricket but not in Football.


Test Match!


In 1892/93, the 'Football league' started the 'Test match'- a match played between the potentially relegated and promoted clubs. This term faded away a few years later. But it remained in use in cricket.