Frank Sugg

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Frank Sugg
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Frank Sugg
Personal information
Full name Frank Howe Sugg
Born (1862-01-11)11 January 1862
Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
Died 29 May 1933(1933-05-29) (aged 71)
Waterloo, Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Role Occasional wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut 13 August 1888 v Australia
Last Test 3 September 1888 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1883 Yorkshire
18841886 Derbyshire
1887–1899 Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 305
Runs scored 55 11,859
Batting average 27.50 24.45
100s/50s –/– 16/50
Top score 31 220
Balls bowled 397
Wickets 10
Bowling average n/a 27.30
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling n/a 2/12
Catches/stumpings –/– 167/1
Source: Cricinfo, 26 July 2010

Frank Howe Sugg (11 January 1862 – 29 May 1933) was an English footballer and first-class cricketer. He played for England in two Test matches in 1888 and for three county cricket clubs – Yorkshire in 1883, Derbyshire from 1884 to 1886 and Lancashire from 1887 to 1899.[1] He also played for five football clubs.

Sugg was born at Ilkeston, Derbyshire and became a solicitor's clerk and was living with his widowed mother at Nether Hallam in 1881.[2] Though born in Derbyshire, he lived his early life in Yorkshire and made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 1883.[3] In the 1884 season, Sugg went to play for Derbyshire where he was top scorer for the club and regarded as the best bat in a team that suffered the rare ignominy of an anti-perfect season losing all ten of its county games. In the 1885 season, Sugg scored 187 against Hampshire at Southampton and was second in the averages to Ludford Docker. He was second in the averages in the 1886 season to William Chatterton.

With Derbyshire's fortunes declining, in 1887 he went to Lancashire, and it was during his term at Old Trafford that he appeared for England in two Test matches. In 1890 he was one of the “Nine Great Professional Batsmen” profiled in Wisden. Sugg scored 1000 runs in a season five times, all during his time with Lancashire. He was one of the first players (after James Southerton) to represent three teams in county cricket. His benefit match in 1897 raised 1000 pounds.

He was six feet tall and strongly built and had a sharp eye for the ball, revelling in the drive and hook over square leg. Sugg was shaky at the start of an innings, but once settled hit the ball very hard, and was also an excellent outfielder. England won both Tests that Sugg played in by an innings.

Sugg captained The Wednesday, Derby County and Burnley in football and was Everton's first Football League centre forward in 1888/89 season. He also played for Bolton Wanderers. Frank Sugg had massive biceps and took part in weightlifting, long distance swimming and shotput. He also played in the final of the Liverpool amateur billiards championship, won numerous prizes in rifle shooting and held the record for throwing a cricket ball.[4]

Sugg died in Waterloo, Liverpool at the age of 71.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank Sugg". Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ British Census 1881
  3. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  4. ^ Wisden – Obituaries in 1933
  • Bill Frindall, Wisden Book of English Test Cricketers
  • Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Who's who of Test Cricketers

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