British Sports Hall of Fame 1935 – Marjorie Barrett, Joe Childs,Tom Newman and Ian Smith

My four nominations for the British Sports Hall of Fame for 1935 are:
Marjorie Barrett (Badminton) – winner of the All-England women’s singles title at badminton five times between 1926 and 1931, which included three successive titles from 1929 to 1931.  She also won the women’s doubles title four times between 1928 and 1932.

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Joe Childs (Horse Racing) – winner of fifteen English Classics in a 35 year career which lasted from 1900 to 1935.  He had success in France in the early part of his career but didn’t win his first Classic until 1912.  Over the next 21 years he added another fourteen Classics including three Derby, four Oaks and four St.Leger wins.  This included a Triple Crown on Gainsborough in 1918.  He also won the French Derby once.  He was the Royal jockey for ten years from 1925 to 1935.

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Tom Newman (Billiards) – winner of the world professional billiards title a record six times when it was played as a knockout tournament.  He reached the final every year from 1921 to 1930 and won each title from 1921 to 1927 except for 1923.  In 1924 he made a break of 1021, the first in the history of the championship over 1000 points.  He was known as the master of the cannon shot and in the 1930-1 season made 134 breaks of over 1000 points.  His last five appearances in the final were against the great Joe Davis.  He won the first two of those finals in 1926 and 1927 but lost the next three.  He also lost to Davis in the 1934 world snooker final. At snooker he made a record break for the time of 89 in 1919.

Ian Smith (Rugby Union) – a brilliant winger for Scotland who scored 24 tries for his country, all in the Home Nations championship.  This remained the record number of international tries for any player until 1987 and a Home Nations championship record until 2011.  He still jointly holds the Scottish record for tries.  He took up rugby at Oxford University and soon became an international for Scotland in 1924.  He toured South Africa with the British Isles team the same year.  He played 32 times for Scotland until 1933 and played all four matches in Scotland’s first ever Grand Slam in the Home Nations in 1925.  He scored four tries in each of the first two matches of that championship.  His final season for Scotland in 1933 saw him captain the side which won all three of their Home Nations games.

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