Arthur Croome

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Arthur Croome
Personal information
Born(1866-02-21)21 February 1866
Stroud, Gloucestershire
Died11 September 1930(1930-09-11) (aged 64)
Taplow, Berkshire
Domestic team information
1887–1889Oxford University
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2014

Arthur Capel Molyneux Croome (21 February 1866 – 11 September 1930) was an English cricketer. He was educated at Wellington College and Magdalen College, Oxford. He played cricket for Gloucestershire between 1885 and 1892.[1][2] He became a schoolteacher and taught at Radley College 1889–1910.[3] He was Tutor of F Social from 1902-1910.[4]

Croome was also a hurdler and ran for Oxford for four years. He was one of the pioneers of the "straight-lead-leg" hurdling technique. Croome was an all-round sportsman winning 4 "blues".[4] While teaching at Radley he took up golf and was one of the founders of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society. He wrote weekly articles on golf for the Evening Standard and the Morning Post. After leaving Radley he moved to London and wrote on cricket for The Times.[5] Croome was also employed at the Daily Telegraph after leaving Radley.[6]

His son Victor played cricket for the Royal Air Force.

Croome's cricket career was interrupted owing to serious injury according to his Wisden obituary: whilst fielding for Gloucestershire against Lancashire at Manchester in 1887, he impaled himself on the railings; one of the points entered his neck, and for some time his life hung in the balance, but after a severe illness he regained his health[7]

Croome was the first Secretary of the newly formed Oxford and Cambridge Golf Society (1898). His nickname was "Crumbo".[8] Croome was a member of the Royal North Devon Golf Club and represented the club when competing for the Amateur Championship, at his home course in 1912, reaching the fifth round.[9] Croome became a partner in the golf course architect firm, Fowler, Abercrombie, Simpson and Croome. Croome was also a member of Rye Golf Club, becoming Captain of the club.[10] In 1922, Croome was invited to design the course for the Liphook Golf Club, the only course he was to design.[11]


  1. ^ Arthur Croome at ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ Arthur Croome at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Register 1847-1923 - xxiii - Assistant Masters". Radley College Archives.
  4. ^ a b "Nomina Palmam Ferentia". 7 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Mr A. C. M. Croome – A Great Player of Games". The Times. London. 13 September 1930. p. 12.
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  7. ^ "Obituaries in 1930". 2 December 2005.
  8. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (26 January 2016). "Following Through: Writings on Golf". Open Road Media. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via Google Books.
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  10. ^ "Rye Golf Club" (PDF).
  11. ^ "History of the Design :: Liphook is a traditional golf club with one of the best courses in the country. Opened in 1923, the course was soon recognised by the R&A as an exemplary inland heathland course and is also an early example of strategic design for golf courses". Retrieved 25 October 2017.