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Brief profile of Walter Sugg
by Don Ambrose


Player:W Sugg

SUGG, Walter.
Professional.
Born at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, 21st May 1860.
Died at Dore, Yorkshire, 21st May 1933.
The son of a Sheffield solicitor, he was educated at Sheffield Grammar School, as was his younger brother Frank Howe Sugg who played first-class cricket for Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and England. Walter was also an all-round sportsman, playing professional football, being a scratch golfer and a fine billiards player. He played just the one match for Yorkshire before throwing in his lot with his native Derbyshire for whom he played 128 times 1884-1902. He went out as professional at Durham City, Burnley 1885-87 and Rochdale 1888-91, and played for a number of other clubs either on a match basis or as an amateur, including Farnworth, Ormskirk and Southport. He and his brother Frank opened a sports shop at 32 Lord Street, Liverpool, with a branch at 10 North Street, Liverpool, and for 12 years, 1894-1905 issued Sugg’s Cricket Annual. The two brothers died within eight days of each other.
At the time of the 1881 Census they were living with their widowed mother Ellen, aged 51, at Brocco Bank Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, with their two sisters, Emily, aged 21 and Sarah Ellen aged 14. Walter is aged 20, a solicitors clerk, and Frank Howe is aged 18, a solicitors clerk out of employment.

(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)

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