Samuel Hill-Wood

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Samuel Hill-Wood
Personal information
Full nameSir Samuel Hill-Wood, 1st Baronet
Born(1872-03-21)21 March 1872
Glossop, Derbyshire, England
Died4 January 1949(1949-01-04) (aged 76)
Westminster, England
BattingRight-handed batsman
RoleDerbyshire captain 1899–1901
RelationsBasil Hill-Wood, Wilfred Hill-Wood, Denis Hill-Wood, Charles Hill-Wood
Domestic team information
First-class debut30 July 1894 Derbyshire v Yorkshire
Last First-class21 August 1902 Derbyshire v Essex
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 34
Runs scored 758
Batting average 17.62
100s/50s -/5
Top score 81*
Balls bowled 93
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 0/6
Catches/stumpings 12/–
Source: [1], 4 February 2010

Sir Samuel Hill Hill-Wood, 1st Baronet (21 March 1872 – 4 January 1949), born Samuel Hill Wood, was a British businessman, Conservative politician, cricketer and football club chairman.

Early life[edit]

Wood was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, the son of Samuel Wood, a cotton manufacturer and his wife Annie. His father made his fortune in the cotton industry in Derbyshire during the late 19th century. Samuel Hill Wood was educated at Eton College and was a keen sportsman. He continued to run the cotton business.

Cricket career[edit]

Wood made his cricket debut for Derbyshire in the 1894 season, and became their captain in the 1899 season for three seasons. Wood was the only batsman to score 10 runs off one ball in a first-class game.[1] In May 1900, when playing for Derbyshire against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), he struck a ball from Cuthbert Burnup and as a result of the netting and an overthrow clocked up ten – a feat which was originally included in the Guinness Book of Records. Wood was a right hand batsman and played 54 innings in 24 first-class matches, with an average of 17.62 and a top score of 81 not out. He took no wickets in the 93 balls he bowled. Under his captaincy Derbyshire were fifteenth in the County Championship in 1899, thirteenth in 1900 and back to fifteenth in 1901.[2]

Football at Glossop[edit]

Wood was chairman and owner of Glossop North End funding it up until World War I. His expenditure was estimated to be more than £30,000 at that time. His efforts and enthusiasm led to the club being included in the enlarged Football League Second Division in 1898. He scoured the country for professional footballers and after only one season Glossop qualified as Second Division runners up and were promoted to the First Division.[3] They were relegated after a season and by 1914 Hill Wood severed his connection and Glossop later resigned from the Football League.

Political career[edit]

In 1910, Hill Wood was elected MP for High Peak, holding the seat until 1929. He changed his name to Hill-Wood by royal licence in 1912.

In the First World War, he served in the Cheshire Regiment reaching the rank of Major.

He was created a baronet in the 1921 New Year Honours.

Arsenal chairmanship[edit]

In 1929, after leaving parliament, he succeeded the disgraced Henry Norris as chairman of Arsenal, and presided over the club during its first period of success in the 1930s. He stepped down in 1936 but returned to the role after the Second World War, holding the post until his death in Westminster in 1949. In another field of sport, he owned two greyhounds who won the Waterloo Cup.


Hill Wood married The Hon. Rachel Bateman-Hanbury, youngest daughter of Lord Bateman-Hanbury, in 1899 and had four sons: Basil, Wilfred, Denis and Charles. His son Denis and his grandson Peter Hill-Wood have also served as Chairmen of Arsenal, while his sons, Basil, Denis, Wilfred and Charles, and his brother-in-law David Brand, have all played county cricket for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club at various points in their history.


  1. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
  2. ^ CricketArchive
  3. ^ Beehive – This Derbyshire

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Oswald Partington
Member of Parliament for High Peak
Succeeded by
Alfred Joseph Law
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
(of Moorfield)
Succeeded by
Basil Samuel Hill-Wood
Business positions
Preceded by
Sir Henry Norris
Arsenal chairman
Succeeded by
The Earl of Lonsdale
Preceded by
Viscount Castlereagh
Arsenal chairman
Succeeded by
Sir Bracewell Smith
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sydney Evershed
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Albert Lawton