Born at Greasley, Nottinghamshire, 26th February 1851.
Died at Nottingham, 3rd July 1910.
A wicket-keeper, he played his early cricket for Basford Park C.C. and was given his first chance by Nottinghamshire in 1876. He was to play in 328 first-class matches, 206 of them for Nottinghamshire and three of them being Test Matches. He toured Australia in 1886/7 and was captain of Nottinghamshire in 1887 and 1888. He was a useful footballer and played in goal for Notts County. He stood as a first-class umpire 1896-1901 and took one Test Match in 1899. He was a publican at a number of public houses in the Nottingham area, including, The Red Inn Basford 1881, The Belvoir Inn Nottingham 1885, The Meadow Inn Arkwright St 1891 and The Alexander Hotel Carrington Street 1892. He died at his residence, The Craven Arms, Woodborough Road, Nottingham.
In the 1881 Census he was at the Red Lion, Alfreton Road, Basford, Nottingham, aged 30, a licensed victualler, with his wife Emma, aged 29. They had six children, Mary A. aged 10, William aged 9, Emma E. aged 7, Ellen aged 5, Mordecai aged 3, and Frederick aged 1. His mother-in-law Bridget Severn, aged 50 born Ireland, was also staying and there was one general servant.
(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)