10 Footballing Cricketers (And Vice Versa)


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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14 Responses

  1. Wurzel says:

    How could you omit C B Fry , the greatest sporting all rounder EVER.
    And of course a Southampton player.

    Do you remember Southampton?
    League 1, -10 points and now the 4th richest owner in English football. Are we pleased? – You betcha :-)

  2. CTT says:

    Wot no Arnie Sidebottom?


    Andy Booth used to turn out during the summer months for Hall Bower CC in Huddersfield. Indeed, it is often rumoured he was made to give it up as the bowling action was putting a lot of pressure on his knees.

    Figures, given how much time he spent crocked with knee problems.

  3. Ottayan says:

    Viv Richards – that is a surprise.

    BTW I have tweeted your article.

  4. mick says:

    What about Chris Marples….during the mid Eighties……Chesterfield goalkeeper and Debyshire wicket keeper…..pretty sure he scored a first class century

  5. Gervillian Swike says:

    We had a chap at Swansea in 1985 called Tony Cottey, who played three games then decided it wasn’t working and played first class cricket for 18 seasons with Glamorgan and Sussex. There was the chant: “There’s only two Tony Cotteys”.

  6. CTT says:

    And after the rear-guard action today, let us not forget the now-sadly-departed Willie Watson:


  7. NickDunmore says:

    Post-retirement, Sutton has been playing for his local team, the improbably named Sheringham. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7414606.stm

    Which makes me glad. I always thought he looked more like a cricketer.

  8. ejh says:

    Surely it would be more improbable for the local team in Sheringham to be called anything else?

  9. Ringo says:

    Sorry to be a pedant but ,the first ever international was played in 1872 in Glasgow.

  10. NottyImp says:

    I’m not sure if this counts, but as well as the estimable Phil Neale, Fred Truman (of all people) once turned out for Lincoln City Reserves. :D

  11. Rowlands says:

    A. J Watkins played cricket for England (15 Tests) and Glamorgan. He played soccer for Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle. He is not mentioned in your lists of footballers/cricketers.

  12. Ken Deare says:

    Surely Jim Standen of West Ham & Worcestershire
    I believe he won FA Cup & topped bowling averages in 1964
    should have been mentioned

  13. G Davies says:

    Arthur Milton played soccer for Arsenal and England and cricket for Gloucester and England-a double international

  14. nigel bennett says:

    what about Jim Cumbes, aston villa goalie and worcester quickie,Also Ted Hemsley worcester allrounder and pro league fullback for 19 years.

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