British Sports Hall of Fame 1926

My nominations for the Hall of Fame for 1926:

Sydney Barnes (Cricket) – One of the greatest bowlers of all-time. He was tall and could vary his pace from slow-medium to fast. Compared with others of his time he played little county cricket but in Test matches he took 189 wickets in 27 Tests at an average of 16.43 between 1901 and 1914. This total of wickets wasn’t beaten until 1936. In a tour of South Africa in 1913/4 he took a record 49 wickets at 10.93 including 17-159 in one match. This record analysis for a Test wasn’t surpassed until 1956. In all matches he took 6229 wickets at an average of 8.33 although some of this was in minor counties and league cricket which he played for many years.

Cyril Lowe (Rugby Union) – Between 1913 and 1923 he played in 25 consecutive tests for England and scored 18 tries. This remained the record total for England until 1990. In the 1914 International championship he scored three tries against France and Scotland and two against Wales for a record total of 8 in a season for England. He also briefly held the record for most England caps.

Randolph Lycett (Tennis) – an outstanding doubles player who was brought up in Australia but chose to represent Great Britain, the country of his birth. He won the Australian doubles title in 1905 and 1911 and after the War won the Wimbledon doubles in 1921-3 with three different partners and the mixed doubles three times with Elizabeth Ryan between 1919 and 1923.

Billy Meredith (Football) – known as “The Prince of Wingers” he was one of the greatest to play at outside-right. Between 1895 and 1920 he played a record 48 times for Wales making his final appearance at the age of 45, the oldest player to play internationally. He played for Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at the age of nearly fifty. In his earlier career he won the FA Cup with both City and Manchester United and won two league titles with United in 1908 and 1911. His 670 league appearances remained a record until 1963.

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