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Dual Internationals- Cricket and Association Football

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When the football season ended by May 1st and didn't resume until September there was a lot more scope for men to play both sports at the highest level.  A number of England internationals were also first class cricketers. The tradition began in the earliest years of the Association- men like Alcock, the Lyttletons, Cuthbert Ottaway and Monty Betts were top class performers in both sports. The increasing engagement of the proletariat in top level sports saw players such as Jack Devey, Ernest Needham, Harry Daft and William Foulke playing countycricket as well as football, whilst the old Public Schools' tradition was maintained by the likes of G.O Smith and Pinky Burnup.
Between 1872 and 1937 only 10 men represented England at both football and cricket.



Alfred Lyttleton

A forward, Lyttleton was a doyen of the old style of Association Football, all about strength, pluck and individual skill.

Club football:

First class cricket:

Cambridge University, Old Etonians

Cambridge University, Middlesex
International football:

International cricket:

1-1878 v Scotland. 1 goal.
4 tests, 1880-84 v Australia

William Gunn

An amateur footballer (as all were officially pre 1885) and professional cricketer- he gave up soccer to focus on cricket, Famous for his long, one arm hurl throw ins he was, nevertheless an underarm bowler! Outside Left.

Club football:

First class  cricket:

Notts County, Nottingham Forest
Nottinghamshire

International football:

International cricket:

2-1884 v Scotland, Wales. 1 goal.
11 tests, 1887-99 v Australia

Leslie Gay

Corinthian Leslie Gay was a goalkeeper and wicketkeeper.

Club football:

First class cricket:

Old Brightonians,  Cambridge University, Corinthian

Cambridge University, Hampshire, Somerset


International football:

International cricket:

3- 1893-94
1 test on the 1894-95 tour of Australia

R.E. Foster

The only man to have captained England at cricket and football. Played at inside forward.

Club football:

First class  cricket:

Oxford University , Old Malvernians , Corinthian
Oxford University , Worcestershire
International football:

International cricket:

5-1900-02, 2 goals.
8 tests, 1903-07

C.B. Fry

Fry’s CV reads like an impossible romance from the boys’ comics of the era. He actually turned professional and joined Southampton with the aim of getting an international cap. He played at right back.

Club football:

First class  cricket:

Oxford University, Corinthian, Southampton, Portsmouth



Oxford University, London County, Hampshire, Sussex

International football:

International cricket:

1-1901 v Ireland
26 tests, 1896-1912


Jack Sharp

Sharp was an FA Cup winner with Everton in 1906, he played at outside right.

Club football:
First class cricket:
Aston Villa, Everton.

Lancashire
International football:
International cricket:
2-1903-05, 1 goal
3 tests, 1909.

Harry Makepeace

Wing half. A teammate of Jack Sharp in both sports and an FA Cup winner in 1906.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Everton
Lancashire

International football:
International cricket:
4- 1906 -12
4 Tests, 1920-21




Wally Hardinge

Hardinge’s first class cricket career spanned 30 years.  He briefly managed Tottenham Hotspur.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Newcastle United, Sheffield United, (Woolwich) Arsenal

Kent
International football:
International cricket:
1-1910 v Scotland
1 Test, 1921

Andy Ducat

Ducat captained the Aston Villa Cup winning team of 1920. He started out as a centre forward but won his international caps as a right half. Later managed Fulham. He has the macabre distinction of being the only player to die on the cricket field at Lords.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Southend United, Woolwich Arsenal, Aston Villa, Fulham

Surrey
International football:
International cricket:
6-1910–20, 1 goal
1 Test, 1921

Johnny Arnold

Outside left. Johnny Arnold was an umpire for many years after he retired from cricket.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Southampton, Fulham

Hampshire
International football:
International cricket:
1-1933 v Scotland
1 test, 1931



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