British Sports Hall of Fame 1919: Johnny Briggs, Laurie Doherty, Leon Meredith, John H Taylor

As there was very little competitive sport in the years 1915 to 1918 because of the First World War I have decided to jump straight from 1914 to 1919 with my Sports Hall of Fame.

These are my first four choices for the British Hall of Fame following World War I.

Johnny Briggs (Cricket) – one of the most brilliant bowlers of the 19th century. He took 100 wickets in every English season from 1887 to 1897. In 1889 in a Test Match in Cape Town he took 15 wickets in one day. His first -class bowling average of 15.95 is the best of any English bowler taking more than 2000 wickets. He was also a fine all-rounder.

Laurie Doherty (Tennis) – winner of five Wimbledon singles titles from 1902 to 1906. He also won the Olympic title in 1900 and was the first overseas player to win the US Open title.  With his brother Reggie he also won two US Open doubles titles and seven Wimbledon titles.

Leon Meredith (Cycling) – the first man ever to win seven world cycling titles, which he did in the 100 km motor-paced event between 1904 and 1913.  He also won a gold medal in the 1908 Olympics in the team pursuit.

John H Taylor (Golf) – on of the great golfers of the turn of the 20th century. He won The Open championship five times between 1894 and 1913. He also finished second six times and in the top six places a record 18 times.

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