British Sports Hall of Fame 1931: Alex Jackson, Esme Mackinnon, Henry Segrave and Sammy Saville

My choices to enter the British Sports Hall of Fame in 1931 are:

Alex Jackson (Football) – one of the greatest right-wingers in Scottish football history, renowned for great dribbling skills and free kicks. His finest day came when scoring a hat-trick for Scotland’s “Wembley Wizards” who beat England 5-1 in 1928. He was capped 17 times for Scotland, the first three of those coming in just his first season in the Scottish league with Aberdeen, and scored eight goals. He was signed by Herbert Chapman for Huddersfield and with them won a league title in 1926 and reached two FA Cup Finals.

Esme Mackinnon (Skiing) – the winner of three titles at the 1930 British skiing championships when aged just sixteen. The following year she won the downhill, slalom and combined events at the International Downhill ski-racing meeting at Murren. This event was later recognised as the first Alpine Skiing World Championships making the first and still one of only two British skiers to win a world title in the sport. She won the slalom and combined titles at the prestigious Arlberg-Kandahar races in March 1933.

Henry Segrave (Motor Sports) – the first man to hold the world land speed and water speed world records simultaneously. He was the first man to exceed 200 mph when setting a record at Daytona in 1927 and he took his record to 231 mph in 1929. In 1930 he set a world water speed record of 98.76 mph on Windermere but in attempting to improve that mark was killed when his craft hit an underwater obstruction and crashed. He had a fine motor racing career winning 31 of his 49 races from 1917 to 1927, including the 1923 French Grand Prix. he was knighted for his achievements.

Sammy Saville (Hockey) – with a total of 37 caps for England as an inside-right between 1913 and 1930 he was the holder of the record for most appearances for the national team. This record stood until 1958 and was more notable as it occurred in a time when there were fewer internationals and covered the War years. He scored 34 goals and was England captain from 1926 to 1930. He also played fifty first-class cricket matches for Middlesex between 1910 and 1928.

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