The All England Open Badminton Championships, or simply All England, is the world’s oldest and most prestigious badminton tournament.
Played annually, it developed after the success of the world’s first open tournament held in Guildford in 1898. The tournament was successfully organised in April 4, 1899, however only three categories (Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) were originally staged. Both Men’s and Women’s Singles were added the following year.
The first two tournaments were named “Badminton Association Tournament” and it was eventually considered (especially after the first Thomas Cup series in 1949) the unofficial World Badminton Championships until 1977 when the International Badminton Federation launched its official championships. The Championships have only ever been halted twice: during World War I from 1915 to 1919 and World War II from 1940 to 1946.
Since 1984 the tournament has been exclusively sponsored by Yonex.
1899 to 1901 (3) HQ London Scottish Regiment Drill Hall, Buckingham Gate
1902 (1) Crystal Palace, Sydenham, Kent
1903 to 1909 (7) London Rifle Brigades City Headquarters, Bunhill Hill, London
1910 to 1939 (25) The Royal Horticultural Hall, Vincent Square, London
1947 to 1949 (3) Haringay Arena, London
1950 to 1956 (7) Empress Hall, Earls Court, London
1957 to 1993 (37) Wembley Arena, London
1994 to date Barclaycard Arena (formerly the National Indoor Arena), Birmingham
For further information of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships history please click here.
For a full list of all winners in the history of the All England, please click here: ALL ENGLAND WINNERS – FULL HISTORY