5. William Webb Ellis invented rugby
The World Cup is named in his honour, but there is scant evidence that young William gave rugby to the world in 1823 by illegally running with the ball during a game of soccer at Rugby School.
The initial claim, made after his death, involved mysterious sources and u-turns. Just be thankful that this eponymous sports moment was not linked to his next place of education, Brasenose College.
Imagine following a sport called Brasenose.