British Sports Hall of Fame 1928: Ronald Poulton, James and Phyllis Johnson, J.T.Hearne, Lily Gower

The choices for my Hall of Fame for 1928 are:

Ronald Poulton (Rugby Union) – Embed from Getty Images the best English rugby player in the era just before World War I. He scored four tries for England v France in 1914, a record for an international match. He scored eight tries for England in 17 international appearances on the wing and at centre. He scored five tries in the Varsity match in 1909 for Oxford.

James and Phyllis Johnson (Figure Skating) –Embed from Getty Images the only British couple to win the world pairs figure skating title twice, which they did in 1909 and 1912. In 1908 they won the silver medal at the Olympics and world championships. Phyllis was a fine individual skater winning medals at world championships in 1912,1913 and 1914. In 1920 she beat all of the male competitors in the British championships which were open to both sexes and was 4th at the Olympics where she won a bronze in the pairs with a new partner following James’s retirement.

J.T.Hearne (Cricket) (pictured in the middle of the back row), Embed from Getty Images– one of only four bowlers to have taken more than 3000 first -class wickets, which he did in a 35 year career for Middlesex and England. He took more than 100 wickets in 15 seasons and was over 200 wickets three times with 257 in 1896 his highest total. He took a hat-trick for England against Australia in 1899 and 49 test wickets in twelve tests between 1892 and 1899.

Lily Gower (Croquet) – the first great female croquet player. She was the first woman to win the British Open title when she defeated all the leading men of the day in 1905. She won the women’s national title each year from 1899 to 1901 and then again in 1928 as Lily Beaton. She won the Open doubles title with her husband four times between 1904 and 1920.

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