British Sports Hall of Fame 1933 Ronnie Cove-Smith, Fred Covey, Wilfred Rhodes and George Thomas

 

My choices for the British Hall of Fame for 1933 are:

Ronnie Cove-Smith (Rugby-Union) – The captain of the British Lions who toured South Africa in 1924.  He was a lock-forward for England and played 29 times for his country, losing only four of those matches.  He was captain of the Grand Slam winning England team of 1928.

Fred Covey (Real Tennis) – the holder of the Real Tennis world title from 1915 to 1928,successfully defending the title three times in that period.  He first won the world title in 1912, beating “Punch” Fairs whom he had unsuccessfully challenged two years earlier, but lost his title to Jay Gould in 1914.  Gould relinquished the title in 1915, allowing Covey to regain it and hold it until 1928.

Wilfred Rhodes (Cricket) – the record holder for the most wickets taken in first-class cricket history.  He played first-class cricket from 1898 to 1930, retiring aged 53 after 1107 appearances, also a record.  He played Test cricket over a period of almost 32 years, yet another record, playing his final Test aged 52.  He was a fine all-rounder, doing the 1000 runs/100 wickets in a season double a record 16 times and is one of very few players to have batted at every position in test matches.  He took 100 or more wickets in a record 23 seasons.

George Thomas (Badminton) – the winner of 21 All-England badminton titles between 1903 and 1928.  This remains the records number.  He won the singles title each year from 1920 to 1923 but his greatest success came in doubles.  He took the men’s doubles nine times and the mixed doubles eight times.  He played in every England international  match from 1903 to 1929.  After his playing career he became the first president of the International Badminton Federation and devised the world men’s team championship trophy, the Thomas Cup.

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