British Sports Hall of Fame 1914: Fred Archer, Ethel Larcombe, Alan Robertson, Vivian Woodward

My latest choices for the British Hall of Fame:

Fred Archer (Horse Racing) – regarded by most people as the greatest jockey of the 19th century. He was champion jockey for thirteen consecutive seasons from 1874 to 1886. In seven if those seasons he set new records for the number of winners ridden and in 1885 rode 246 winners which remained a record until 1933. He rode 21 Classic winners and a total of 2748 winners.

Ethel Larcombe (nee Thomson) (Badminton/Tennis) – At Badminton she won five All-England singles titles between 1900 and 1906 and five doubles titles. At tennis she won the Wimbledon singles title in 1912, two women’s doubles titles, and four mixed doubles between 1903 and 1914.

Allan Robertson (Golf) – regarded as the greatest of all the players before tournaments became established. It is said that he never lost an individual stakes match and was unbeaten in matches in partnership with Tom Morris Senior.

Vivian Woodward (Football) –  Although he was an amateur he is regarded as being the greatest centre-forward of his time. He won Olympic gold medals in 1908 and 1912 and scored 58 goals in 44 amateur internationals for England. In full England internationals he scored 29 goals in 23 games, which remained the England record total until 1958.

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