The following is an extract from the Cambridge Review from October 15, 1891: “The Inter-Varsity water polo match, is fixed for next Friday, at the Crown Baths, Kennington Oval, at 7.20pm. Owing to the want of a covered swimming bath at Cambridge, Water Polo can only be played at the sheds, and at the close of a bad season like the present men are necessarily very much out of practice. Our team will feel the loss of Muttlebury, who is unable to play, and our opponents have a strong team”.
Out of necessity the varsity match had to be held in London due to the lack of a covered pool in Cambridge which often cut matches against other teams, such as the Otters, due to the coldness of the water.
Source: Personal collection, http://www.cuswpc.org/