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Ralph Voss

Ralph Voss (30 March 1860 – 16 November 1900) was an English cricketer. Voss was a right-handed batsman, although his bowling style is unknown. He was born at Croydon, Surrey.
Voss made three first-class appearances for Surrey, the first of which came against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1883. His second appearance came against Derbyshire in the same year at the County Ground, Derby, while his third appearance came in 1886 against Cambridge University at The Oval. He scored 10 runs in his three matches, at an average of 3.33 and a high score of 7. With the ball, he took 2 wickets at a bowling average of 26.50, with best figures of 2/31. He later stood as an umpire in a first-class match between Surrey and Oxford University in 1888.
He died at the town of his birth on 16 November 1900.

John Bell (cricketer, born 1895)

John Thomson Bell (16 June 1895 – 8 August 1974) was an English cricketer. Bell was a right-handed batsman. He was born at Batley, Yorkshire.

Joe North

Ernest Joseph “Joe” North MM (born Burton-on-Trent, 23 September 1895, died Havant, 24 August 1955) was an English professional football and cricket player.
North’s early career was interrupted by World War I, where he fought as an acting sergeant in the Royal Engineers and the Machine Gun Corps and then as a lieutenant in the Tank Corps. He won the Military Medal during the conflict. However, during this time he guested for Sheffield United, before joining Arsenal after the war’s end, in 1919, as an amateur. A centre forward, he was mainly a reserve in the side, as understudy to Henry White and Fred Pagnam. He still scored on his League debut, though, in a First Division match against Oldham Athletic on 7 February 1920. However, he could not fully break into the team, making 23 appearances (scoring six goals) in three seasons before leaving Arsenal for Reading in May 1922.
He later played for Watford, Norwich City and Gillingham. After retiring he was briefly a coach at Northfleet United. He also played cricket for Middlesex and later became an umpire in the Minor Counties Championship.

Jack Bowles

John Jesse Bowles (3 April 1890 – 27 November 1971), known as Jack, was an English cricketer who played 80 first-class games in two spells: he was with Gloucestershire from 1911 to 1920, though he played only 18 times for the county in those years. He made the bulk of his appearances, 62, for Worcestershire between 1926 and 1928.
Born in Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, Bowles made his first-class debut for that county in late July 1911 against Nottinghamshire, and took two wickets, his first being that of Notts’ opener George Gunn. He played another two matches in 1911, but had little success, taking only one more wicket. For the next three seasons he played only occasionally, and the same was the case when cricket resumed after the First World War in 1919; never did he play more than four games in a summer, and never did he take more than six wickets. His best bowling for Gloucestershire was the 3-47 he took against Lancashire in 1919.
Bowles spent five seasons out of first-class cricket after leaving Gloucestershire at the end of 1920, having played only one match for them that season, although he did appear in the Lancashire League as Enfield’s professional.
In 1926, however, he returned to the higher level when he was chosen by Worcestershire, and at once he enjoyed the best season of his career, taking 47 wickets in his 27 games at 30.14 including his only five-wicket innings haul, 5-56 against Sussex at Hove. His batting was also much improved, and he made two half-centuries, the higher of which – 73 against his old county of Gloucestershire – was to remain his career best. He also kept wicket occasionally, picking up his only stumping when he dismissed Glamorgan’s Dai Davies while substituting for named keeper Maurice Foster.
In 1927, Bowles played only 11 games, and his batting fell away markedly: from 507 runs (his best) at 15.36 the previous year, his total was reduced to 175 runs at 10.29, with only three scores above 20. In 1928 he was once more a regular in the side, playing 24 games and sending down more than 300 overs, but was a major disappointment with the ball: his form in other departments of the game returned to some extent and he scored 473 runs and claimed 17 catches, but his bowling average ballooned to more than 80 as he took only 14 wickets all season. Indeed, after he had taken 3-85 against Northamptonshire, his last four first-class matches produced not a single wicket; in the last, against Hampshire, he did not even bowl.
After retirement, Bowles became an umpire. He had already stood in one first-class game, when he umpired a game between Glamorgan and HDG Leveson-Gower’s XI in 1926, but his umpiring career proper spanned a single year, 1931, and lasted for 24 more matches. Most of his duties were on County Championship games, but they also included two tour matches by the New Zealanders and an end-of-season friendly game between Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire which was also Bowles’ final match as an umpire.
Bowles died at the age of 81 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Ken Palmer

Kenneth Ernest Palmer (born 22 April 1937) is an English former cricketer and umpire, who played in one Test in 1965, and umpired 22 Tests and 23 ODIs from 1977 to 2001. He was born in Winchester, Hampshire.

John Higgins (cricketer)

John Bernard Higgins (31 December 1885 – 3 January 1970) was an English cricketer and umpire. As a player, he made 121 first-class appearances between 1912 and 1930, having earlier played in the Minor Counties Championship for Staffordshire. The great majority of his first-class matches were for Worcestershire, though he also played in India for the Europeans and, once, a joint “Europeans and Parsees” side. He umpired four first-class games, including one Test match.
Higgins was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where he was in the cricket XI. In his teens and early twenties, Higgins played football as an inside left. He appeared once in the Football League First Division for Birmingham in the 1907–08 season, and was also on the books of Aston Villa and Brierley Hill Alliance, retaining his amateur status throughout his football career.
He made his first-class cricket debut for Worcestershire against Leicestershire at Amblecote in 1912. Only one day’s play was possible in the match, during which Higgins scored 5 and bowled five wicketless overs for 34. It was to be eight years before he played first-class cricket again.
His next game for Worcestershire came against Yorkshire at Worcester in 1920, on which occasion he again had an unproductive match: he scored 1 and 0, and took no wickets in 16 overs. Higgins finally claimed his first wicket — Kent opener Wally Hardinge, caught and bowled — in his fifth first-class game, at Tonbridge a few days later, and he ended the season with unattractive figures of 85 runs at 7.72 and four wickets at 88.25.
Higgins played not at all in 1921, but in 1922 he had a considerably more successful time of it, scoring 605 runs at 16.35 – albeit with only one fifty – and taking 14 wickets, his highest season’s aggregate, at 44.07. This year also saw him claim his only five-wicket haul, 5–72 against Gloucestershire at Gloucester, restricting the home team to 202 in their first innings. His performance was to no avail, however: Worcestershire were bowled out for 58 and 52, Mills and Parker bowling unchanged throughout the match, and lost by an innings.
Higgins was in India during the 1922–23 English winter, playing four first-class games including two for Europeans in the Lahore Tournament. He was to make further Indian appearances, five of them in the Bombay Quadrangular, in 1923–24, 1924–25 and 1928–29, though he hit only one fifty (56 for Europeans against Parsees in 1923–24) and took just two wickets in his entire career of ten matches in that country.
Meanwhile, Higgins’ English career was barely noticeable: he played twice in each of the 1924 and 1925 seasons, and not at all in 1926. The next three years, however, were to prove by some margin his most successful in the game. He played 19 or 20 matches for Worcestershire every summer, and hit one century in each, the highest of these being the first: 123 against Glamorgan at Kidderminster in July 1927. He scored those runs from number three in the order, but his other two centuries were both made as an opener. In 1928 he reached 1,000 first-class runs in a season for the only time, hitting 1,041 at an average of 30.61.
Higgins played three final matches for Worcestershire in 1930, without conspicuous success. By this time he had already umpired two first-class games in India in 1926–27, and in 1933–34 he stood in two more, including the third Test between India and England at Madras. He died in England, in a nursing home in Malvern, aged 84.
His younger brother Harry played nearly 100 times for Worcestershire in the 1920s.

Jeff Winter

Jeffrey “Jeff” Winter (born 18 April 1955 in Middlesbrough, England) is a former Premier League referee.

John O’Brien (basketball, born 1888)

John J. O’Brien (born November 4, 1888 – December 9, 1967) was an American basketball referee and administrator. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was involved in organizing several early professional basketball leagues. In 1925, he founded Metropolitan Basketball League, which featured Original Celtics. From 1928 to 1953 he was an executive with American Basketball League, serving as president and, later, as chairman of the board. He was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1961.

Harry Sharp

Harry Philip Hugh Sharp (6 October 1917 – 15 January 1995) was an English cricketer, cricket coach and scorer.
Harry Sharp was born in Kentish Town and played for London Schools. He was spotted by Jack Durston while practising at the Middlesex Indoor School at Acton. Seconded to MCC, his duties included rolling the wicket.
He joined Middlesex CCC in 1934 and made his 1st XI debut in 1946. He played in 162 first-class matches as a right-handed batsman before his retirement in 1955. He scored 6,141 runs at an average of 25.80, with 9 hundreds and 30 fifties. He took 59 catches and 50 wickets with his off-spin at an average of 32.56, with a personal best of 5/52. He was awarded his county cap in 1948. His best season was in 1953, when he scored 1,564 runs. He was awarded a joint benefit with Alec Thompson by Middlesex in 1955 and a joint testimonial by MCC with Len Muncer in 1971.
He served as an Able Seaman with the Eastern Front in the Indian Ocean, during the Second World War, but saw little action. Despite this, he gained the nickname of ‘Admiral’, which remained with him for the rest of his life. He played in several matches, while docked at Durban.
He joined the MCC coaching staff in 1956 and also umpired several first-class matches. He became MCC’s Assistant Head Coach and he succeeded Jim Sims as the Middlesex scorer in 1973. He retired at the age of 75 and died suddenly in Enfield, Middlesex in 1995.

George Sharp

George Sharp (born 12 March 1950 in West Hartlepool, County Durham, England) is an English former first class cricketer who is currently a first class umpire.

George Burton (cricketer)

George Burton (1 May 1851 Hampstead, London – 7 May 1930 Covent Garden, Westminster, London) was an English cricketer.
He began in North London club cricket, before appearing with the Middlesex Colts in 1875. He made his first-class debut for Middlesex as a right-handed batsman and round arm right-arm slow bowler in 1881 and played in 111 matches until 1893. From 1883 until 1904 he was a member of the M.C.C. groundstaff and appeared in several matches between 1883 and 1892. He took 608 wickets at an average of 17.18, with a personal best of 10/59. He was awarded two benefit matches at Lord’s in 1892 and 1905. He acted as the official scorer of Middlesex CCC for a number of years and also stood as a first-class umpire between 1898 and 1899.
By occupation he was a master coachsmith. His son Frederick Alfred (1885-1978) also played professional cricket for Hertfordshire and M.C.C. and married a daughter of Herbert Hearne.

George Beet senior

George Beet (24 April 1886 – 13 December 1946) was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1910 and 1925 and for MCC in 1920. He was later an umpire.

Gareth Risbridger

Gareth Risbridger (16 April 1982) is an football manager and former English semi-professional footballer, who was most recently the assistant manager to Danny Gordon at Aylesbury after the pair were appointed in May 2016. They departed the club in January 2017.
He started his career as a youth player at Marlow, before joining Yeovil Town in 1998. Risbridger then signed for Third Division club Southend United following his former Yeovil manager David Webb, however he only made one appearance and was sent on loan to Conference National club Dover Athletic. He was released from Southend in January 2002, and dropped back into non-League football spending a month at Salisbury City before joining Aylesbury United. In December 2003, he joined former Aylesbury manager, Steve Cordery at Staines Town. After a number of injuries that kept him sidelined for two-and-a-half years, Risbridger joined Bracknell Town on a short loan spell, regaining his fitness. He went on to join Boreham Wood in November 2010. After a period out of the game due to injury, he joined Slough Town in March 2014.

Frederick Parris

Frederick Parris (20 September 1867 – 17 January 1941) was a first-class cricketer and Test match umpire.
Parris was born in Ringmer, Sussex and played 105 games for Sussex between 1890 and 1901 as a right-arm slow-medium bowler and left-handed batsman. He took 291 wickets at a bowling average of 25.90, with best bowling of 8-28 against Gloucestershire in 1894. He also took 7-70 in Gloucestershire’s first innings. He took 5 wickets in an innings 20 times and 10 wickets in a match on 5 occasions. He scored 2,222 runs in 177 innings, at a batting average of 14.52, with a highest score of 77 against Oxford University in 1898.
Parris umpired in one first-class match in 1900, between Sussex and Cambridge University, he took up more regular umpiring in 1908, standing frequently in first-class matches either side of the First World War, until August 1929. He umpired one Test match, the 1st Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston in May 1909. The bowling of George Hirst (4-28 and 5-58) and Colin Blythe (6-44 and 5-58) – who bowled all but 5 of England’s 98.5 overs and took all 20 Australian wickets on a slow and wet pitch – and confident batting of Jack Hobbs and C. B. Fry on the last day, allowed England to win the match by 10 wickets.
Parris died in Cuckfield, Sussex.

Charles Tarbox

Charles Victor Tarbox, sometimes known as “Percy” (2 July 1891 – 15 June 1978) was an English cricketer who played over 200 first-class games for Worcestershire in the 1920s. He also played at minor counties level for Hertfordshire, and later still stood as a first-class umpire in both England and South Africa. Tarbox’s career statistics were fairly modest, but as his obituary in Wisden noted, he frequently chipped in with a few useful runs or wickets, valuable commodities for the generally weak Worcestershire sides of the day.
He achieved his best innings figures in his first season of 1921, in only the seventh match of his first-class career, when in June he claimed 7–55 against Somerset at Worcester. A few weeks later, and against the same opponents, he achieved what was to prove his only ten-wicket match haul, picking up 4–126 and then 6–32 in a big Worcestershire victory at Taunton. He ended 1921 with 629 runs at 17.97 and 47 wickets at 27.29.
Wisden said that Tarbox “never fulfilled the promise” of that first season. However, he continued to put in useful performances and was generally a regular in the team. His most productive seasons with the ball were 1927 and 1928, when he took 81 and 79 wickets respectively. As a batsman, the highlights were the only two centuries of his career: 103 not out against local rivals Warwickshire at Edgbaston in May 1925, and 109 – in an innings in which the second highest score was 29 – against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in July 1927.
The 1929 season was a very poor one for Tarbox – he averaged under 12 with the bat and over 42 with the ball – and Worcestershire released him at the end of the summer. That was the end of his first-class playing career, but he returned to his home county of Hertfordshire and played for them for several years in the Minor Counties Championship; for them he scored relatively few runs but took many wickets, including 6–13 against Berkshire in July 1931.
After his last game for Hertfordshire in 1934, Tarbox became an umpire, and stood in over 150 English first-class games between 1936 and 1947. He then added another ten matches as an umpire in South Africa.

Bill Copson

Bill Copson (27 April 1908 – 14 September 1971) was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1932 and 1950, and for England between 1939 and 1947. He took over 1,000 wickets for Derbyshire, and was prominent in their 1936 Championship season. Cricket correspondent, Colin Bateman, noted Copson was, “a flame-haired pace bowler with a temper to match, became a cricketer by accident”.

Barrie Meyer

Barrie John Meyer (21 August 1932 – 13 September 2015) was an English footballer and cricketer, and later a cricket umpire.
Meyer played football for Bristol Rovers in 139 league matches, scoring 60 goals. He also played for Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Bristol City and Hereford United. In the summer, he worked as a member of the groundstaff at Gloucestershire CCC. A good wicket-keeper, he played for Gloucestershire CCC in 406 first-class cricket matches from 1957 to 1971. He took 707 catches and 119 stumpings, but was a relatively poor batsman – his career first-class batting average is only 14.19, with a highest score of 63.
Meyer was born in Bournemouth. When he retired, he became a cricket umpire. He umpired 26 Tests in England from 1978 to 1993, including the 1981 Ashes Test at Headingley. He also umpired 23 One Day Internationals from 1977 to 1993, including the Cricket World Cup finals at Lord’s in 1979 and 1983.
Meyer holds the accolade of being the only footballer in history to score a goal against Manchester United in the FA Cup and go on to become a Test match umpire. He scored in Bristol Rovers’ 4-0 win over Manchester United in the third round of the cup at Eastville on 7 January 1956, which was United’s 9th biggest defeat in FA Cup history.
In 2006 he published an autobiography, Getting It Right, co-authored with Andrew Hignell.
Meyer’s son Adrian was also a footballer, making 144 appearances and scoring 12 goals, for Scarborough, many in the Football League, before injury curtailed his career.
He died at the age of 83 in 2015.

Arthur Hide

Arthur Bollard Hide (1860-1933) was a first class cricketer and test match umpire. Born in Eastbourne in 1860, he played 115 games for Sussex as a left arm medium pace bowler between 1882 and 1890. He took 403 wickets at 19.19 with a best of 7 for 44. He took 5 wickets in an innings on 20 occasions. He then turned to umpiring, standing in the 1899 Ashes test at Old Trafford. He died in London in 1933.

Peter Willey

Peter Willey (born 6 December 1949 in Sedgefield, County Durham) is a former English cricketer, who played as a right-handed batsman and right-arm offbreak bowler. In and out of the England team, he interrupted his international career for three years by taking part in the first of the England players’ South African rebel tours in 1982. After his playing career ended, he became a Test umpire. Although widely respected, he got tired of the constant travelling, and decided to leave the international panel to spend more time with his family. However, as of the 2011 season he remains an umpire on the English first class list.
His son David Willey has gone on to be a professional cricketer, making a half century on his debut for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club against Leicestershire County Cricket Club, and made his England debut in a ODI against New Zealand on 14 June 2015, taking a wicket with his 2nd ball.

Alan Muir

Alan Muir (born 10 May 1975) is a Scottish football referee.

Jim Finney

JamesJimFinney (17 August 1924 – 1 April 2008) was an English football referee during the 1960s and 1970s, active on the FIFA list. He was born in St Helens in Lancashire (now Merseyside) but was based during his refereeing career in Hereford. Outside football he worked as a brewery representative.

Tom Connolly

Thomas Henry Connolly (December 31, 1870 – April 28, 1961) was an English-American umpire in Major League Baseball. He officiated in the National League from 1898 to 1900, followed by 31 years of service in the American League from 1901 to 1931. In over half a century as an AL umpire and supervisor, he established the high standards for which the circuit’s arbiters became known, and solidified the reputation for integrity of umpires in the major leagues.

Tim Robinson (cricketer)

Robert Timothy “Tim” Robinson (born 21 November 1958) is a former English cricketer, and current cricket umpire who played in 29 Tests and 26 ODIs for England from 1984 to 1989.
Born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, Robinson played for Nottinghamshire from 1978 to 1999, receiving his first team cap in 1983. Robinson was club captain between 1988 and 1995, and was made one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1986. Robinson was educated at High Pavement Grammar School in Nottingham.

Tony Clarkson

Anthony “Tony” Clarkson (born 5 September 1939) is an English former first-class cricketer, who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Somerset County Cricket Club.

Ralph Alderson

Ralph Alderson (7 June 1919 – 2 April 1988) was an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman who played first-class cricket for Lancashire. He was born in Newton-le-Willows and died in Glazebury.
Alderson began his cricketing career playing for the Lancashire Second XI in the 1946 Minor Counties Championship season. He played extensively through the 1947 and 1948 seasons, and it was thanks to his good form during the 1948 season that he was given a chance to play for the Lancashire team for the first time against Oxford University. Alderson scored a duck in the one and only innings that time and the weather permitted him to play, with Oxford University able to make just 2-2 from their first nine overs of the first innings before the match was abandoned and designated a draw.
Alderson played his first and only County Championship match for Lancashire against Kent the following year, making a half-century in the first innings with backup from team-mate Geoff Edrich. The match ended in an innings victory for Lancashire, but Alderson was never to play again for the side.
Alderson later took charge of one Second XI Championship and over 30 in the Minor Counties Championship as an umpire.