Written for Football’s Fallen
County cricket and football are natural sporting bedfellows. The seasons only overlap in the late spring months and for those with a natural sporting disposition they allowed sportsmen to perform throughout the year.
It used to be common to find cricketing footballers. Denis Compton played football for Arsenal, county cricket for Middlesex and international cricket for England. Even up until the 1980’s the duality of sportsmen could be found in Ian Botham who played for Scunthorpe United but more famously cricket for Durham, Somerset, Worcestershire and England.
In 1889 it was a Derbyshire athlete that made the headlines on the 13th January that shocked both the football and cricketing worlds. William Cropper, a footballer for Staveley FC, died from an on the pitch accident, whilst playing against Grimsby Town FC.
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