British Sports Hall of Fame 1936: Jackie Brown, Tich Freeman, Fred Perry and Elisha Scott

The inductees to my British Sports Hall of Fame for 1936 are:

Jackie Brown (Boxing) – one of the finest British boxers of the 1930s.  In October 1932 he won the world flyweight title from Young Perez who was retired from a gruelling contest.  Brown retained the title three times in 1933.  Two of those fights were against Valentin Angelmann and in 1934 he fought him again, drawing the fight.  He had held the British and European titles since 1931 but lost all three crowns when losing to Benny Lynch in September 1935.  He lost a rematch with Lynch but continued to fight, without regaining his former glories, until the end of the decade.

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Tich Freeman (Cricket)- one of the most prolific wicket takers in the history of English cricket.  Between 1920 and 1934 he took more than 100 wickets in every county season and from 1928, when he took 304 (a record total), onwards he took over 200 each year.  He started this great sequence aged 32 having lost earlier years to the First World War.  He took ten wickets in an innings three times.  He only played twelve times for England, taking 66 wickets, but his 3776 wickets in first-class cricket, second on the all-time list, earn his place in my Hall of Fame.

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Fred Perry (Tennis) – arguably the greatest British tennis player ever. He won the Wimbledon men’s singles title each year from 1934 to 1936, the US Open three times (in 1933,1934 and 1936) the French Open in 1935 and the Australian Open in 1934.  These eight titles made him the first man to win all of the major singles.  He also won two men’s doubles and four mixed doubles titles in Grand Slams.  In Davis Cup he won nine out of ten singles matches and 45 out of 52 matches overall.  This helped Britian win the Cup every year from 1933 to 1936. He continued to play tennis for some years after turning professional at the end of the 1936 season.

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Elisha Scott  (Football) – possibly the greatest goalkeeper of his era in English football.  He played 430 times for Liverpool from 1913 to 1934, helping them to league titles in 1922 and 1923.  He still holds the record for the longest career with the club. He won 31 caps for Northern Ireland at a time when they only played a limited number of international games.  These came over sixteen years with the last coming in 1936 at the age of 42.  Many opponents rated him the best keeper they played against.

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