Cricketers on Lower Green, Mitcham
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|Partial / Incomplete Date||c.1869|
|Copyright 1||London Borough of Merton|
|Photographer / Origin of Photo||Tom Francis|
|Notes / History||Mitcham can boast one of the oldest cricket grounds in the world. Described as a “Nursery
of English Cricket”, Mitcham
Cricket Club has nurtured generations of local, county, national and international players.
This picture shows a number
of Mitcham stalwarts including umpire, John Bowyer (shown far right, in the black coat and straw boater hat) plus bowler and landlord of The Cricketers,
James Southerton, and brothers, Tom, William and
Richard Humphries (Mitcham players between 1862 and 1874).
As you can see, this image
pre-dates the wearing of standard cricket whites.