|William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915) was a cricketer and physician
who captained England and Gloucestershire. Hailed in the press
as The Champion, in four successive seasons in first-class cricket
(1868-71) he averaged over 50 runs per match and made 23 centuries.
William G Grace (detail from Some
Who Have Made Bristol Famous).
He made a century against Australia at the Oval in 1880 in what
is now regarded as the first test match in England, and played
in every subsequent test until 1899. Grace worked for 20 years
as a parish doctor for the Bristol Poor Law Union and in his
own largely working-class practice (Gloucestershire paid for
a locum on match days). He was the grandson of George Pocock,
the inventor and evangelist.
Others associated with sport and Bristol include:
Tom Belcher (1781-1811), prize fighter
from a family of pugilists.
Tom Cribbs (1781-1848), pugilist.
A E J Collins (on right).
J Collins (1885-1914), schoolboy cricketer killed in action in
World War One, who at the age of 13 scored 628 not out over four
afternoons of play in June 1899 at Clifton College.
John Atyeo (1932-1993), England player who played for Bristol
City throughout his career.
William 'Fatty' Wedlock (dates unknown), England and Bristol
City player in early twentieth century.
||Precious McKenzie, South African born
weightlifter who won four consecutive golds in Commonwealth Games.
Precious McKenzie, photograph
Robin Cousins, Bristol-born figure skater who won gold in 1980
Jo Durie, Bristol-born tennis player, reaching number five in world
Ian Holloway, Bristol-born football manager, formerly an
for Bristol Rovers.
Gary Mabutt, former Bristol Rovers player who played over
games for Spurs and won 16 England caps.