'Football Match at Candahar, Afghanistan. 59th Regt. v. The Garrison'
Pen and ink by Major John Frederick Irwin, 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment, 1892.
Kandahar, in south-east Afghanistan, was captured by Lieutenant-General Donald Stewart's force without a struggle on 8 January 1879. In the months that followed the occupation of the city was relatively uneventful, allowing the garrison to partake in social activities and sporting contests.
A note on the back of Irwin's sketch states: 'Copied from Sketch done at the time by me. The 59th Regt. played 15 officers against 15 officers of the Candahar Garrison & beat them. I suppose that this was the first game of football ever played in Afghanistan'.
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