Postcard of cricket being played on the Sussex Downs from the 1960’s.
Cuckfield, Sussex born centre forward Tommy Cook joined Brighton & Hove Albion from his local club Cuckfield, signing amateur forms while serving in the Royal Navy during the First World War and turning professional in August 1920, making his Football League debut at Queens Park Rangers in September 1922. He played seven seasons for The Seagulls and developed a record as a consistent goalscorer bagging over 20 goals in three of those seasons. His 28 goals in 1923-24 included 4 goals in a 5-0 win over Bournemouth in December 1923 and further hat-tricks against Aberdare Athletic, Reading, Newport County and most impressively First Division Everton in a 5-2 FA Cup shock in February 1924. He followed these feats with successive hat-tricks against Newport County and Merthyr Town as his 18 goal return again saw him top Brighton’s goalscoring charts.
In February 1925 he was selected to play for England against Wales at The Vetch Field, Swansea in a 2-1 England victory, it proved to be his only England cap. He missed much of the following season but still scored 8 goals in 10 appearances during the late summer and autumn, returning to the top of Brighton’s goalscoring charts … Read the rest
Postcard of the Preston Park Recreation Ground with cricket match in play.
Postcard from circa 1903 showing A.E.Relf, H.Butt and J.Vine.
Gentlemen v. Players, Lord’s, 1899.
Back row: umpire, W. M. Bradley, A. C. MacLaren, C. L. Townsend, umpire.
Middle row: G. MacGregor, K. S. Ranjitsinhji, W. G. Grace, R. M. Poore.
Front row: F. S. Jackson, C. B. Fry, D. L. A. Jephson. Absent: J. R. Mason.
Postcard from 1908 of the Sussex County Cricket Ground.
Hubert Doggart was a hard-hitting middle-order batsman and exceptional close catcher who played 155 matches for Sussex between 1948 and 1961, scoring over 6,700 runs in the process. He was county captain for the 1954 season.