John Dixon (English sportsman)

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John Dixon
Ranji 1897 page 159 J. A. Dixon at the wicket.jpg
Personal information
Full name John Auger Dixon
Born (1861-05-27)27 May 1861
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died 8 June 1931(1931-06-08) (aged 70)
The Park, Nottingham, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1882-1905 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 253
Runs scored 9527
Batting average 24.18
100s/50s 13/38
Top score 268*
Balls bowled 10282
Wickets 184
Bowling average 27.60
5 wickets in innings 2
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 5-28
Catches/stumpings 181/0

John Auger Dixon (27 May 1861 – 8 June 1931) was an English sportsman who captained Nottinghamshire at first-class cricket and represented the England national football team.

Dixon was a member of the Nottinghamshire which dominated county cricket from 1882 to 1886. He had his best year with the bat in 1897 when he made 1100 runs at 44.00, the only time he would pass 1000 runs in a season.[1] Amongst those runs was his highest first-class score of 268 not out, which he made opening the batting against Sussex at Trent Bridge. Dixon declared once he had passed Arthur Shrewsbury's Nottinghamshire record of 267 with the team score at 448/7[2] and they won by an innings.[3]

A right-hander, he was captain of Nottinghamshire when they shared the Championship in 1889 with Surrey and Lancashire. The following season, he captained his county to an innings and 26 runs win over the touring Australians[4] and in the same season he also put in a memorable all-round performances against Leicestershire when he scored an unbeaten 126 and took nine wickets for the match.[5] He remained captain until 1899. Dixon was also a useful part-time medium pacer and in 1900 took a career best season tally of 37 wickets at 23.89[6]

He represented England at his only international on 14 March 1885 when they drew 1–1 with Wales at Leamington Road, Blackburn.[7] Dixon, a left-winger, played his club football for both Notts County and the Corinthians during the 1880s.[8]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mordecai Sherwin
Nottinghamshire County cricket captain
1889-1899
Succeeded by
Arthur Jones