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52 Ancestors: Week 42 – Sports

I am taking part in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for 2021. The challenge is organised by Amy Johnson Crow who provides a weekly writing prompt. I should by now be writing week 52, but study, work and life got in the way. I’m rapidly catch up over the 12 days of Christmas.

My immediate family is some of the least sporty that I know. I hated P.E. at school. Standing around being hit by hockey balls and sticks, trudging through mud, never quite managing to catch the netball, always being the last to be picked for the team. Just not happy memories. I have always enjoyed swimming, and while never fast, I could keep going and swim a mile easily. In more recent times I was enjoying badminton pre-pandemic and really should try to get back into it.

I don’t take after my grandfather, Eric Tomlinson, in this respect. He really was a sportsman.

Here he is with a cricket team, he is in the middle row, 3rd from the right, wearing glasses. I think the team would be Oberon Athletic club.

He was an allrounder in cricket. Below are his 1937 Fielding Prize cup, his 1938 Batting average cup and 1940 Bowling average cup from the Oberon Athletic Club. Finally a tankard awarded in 1970 for, we think, umpiring, by Brettles, his workplace.

He also played table tennis. This clipping reports that all the best players in the county took part in the Derbyshire Championships in front of a large crow of spectators. Grandpa (known by his adoptive parents/uncle’s surname Hunt in his youth) was beaten 21-13 by F. Hill in the second round.[1]

I believe during his time in the army he played football too.

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  1. Derby Evening Telegraph. (1938) Table Tennis Early Results in Derbyshire Championships. Derby Evening Telegraph. 08 November. p. 3g. : accessed 19 September 2020.

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