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Abrahams, Charlie
Member of England loch-style fly fishing team (2016-2017)

Ahmed, Sameh
Football blue at Cambridge (1997-1998).

Alexander, Conel Hugh O'Donel
The strongest British chess player of the inter-war period - British junior champion 1926 while still at School, British Champion 1938; one of the "Codebreakers" at Bletchley Park during the Second World War; eventually head of cryptanalysis, GCHQ Cheltenham; chess columnist.

Assinder, Eric Walter
England rugby international (2 caps in 1908 -1909).

Bache, Harold Godfrey
Cambridge Blues for association football (captain), hockey and tennis (and could easily have won a cricket blue - scored a century in the freshmen's trial match in 1909, and another in the seniors' match in 1910). Captain of cricket and fives at KES, and holder of the record for the highest score - 179 v Reading in 1906. Played association football for the Corinthians, and for West Bromwich Albion (as an amateur), and won seven amateur international caps for England between 1910 and 1913, scoring seven goals v France at Ipswich 1910; played cricket for Worcestershire 1907-1910 (debut 1907 while still at School). Killed at Ypres in World War I in 1916, commemorated by the Bache Memorial Cup, awarded to the outstanding school sportsman every year since 1920.

Backhouse, Oliver
Tennis blue at Oxford 1993-1995 (captain 1994).

Banerjee, Vikram
Cricket Blue at Cambridge 2006, then six years playing for Gloucestershire; Director of Strategy at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Bellingham, G H
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Represented England at chess against USA in 1898

Benjamin, Miles
Rugby footballer for Leicester, has played for England Saxons and also represented England at U19 and U20 level.

Birch, Douglas
Played hockey (goalkeeper) for England 1913

Booth, Simon
Tennis blue at Oxford 1988-1989.

Campbell, A J Gordon
Eight times winner of the All England Eton Fives Championship in partnership with Tony Hughes (1956)

Davison, G S
Son of Charles Davison, maths master at KES; winner of the Isle of Man TT Race 1922, and of the French and Belgian Grands Prix in the same year.

Docker, Ludford Charles
B 1860, played cricket for Derbyshire and Warwickshire, toured Australia with A Shrewsbury's XI 1887-88.

Ewers, W A
Blue for Athletics, Oxford (1973).

Freeman, Andrew T M
Swam for Great Britain Juniors against Holland and Germany (1969); broke the Great Britain Junior hundred yards swimming record (1969); Cambridge blue for swimming (1973).

Garmston, Bradley
Professional association footballer for West Bromwich Albion; six under-19 international caps for Ireland.

Grierson, Robert
Tennis blue at Cambridge (1989-1992).

Grimley, Christopher
Basketball Player of the Year in the State of California (1985-1986).

Harrison, H C
England rugby international (1 cap in 1909, and a further 3 caps in 1914); soldier in World War I and subsequently, ultimately Colonel; DSO, CB

Heath, Steven D
Blue for cricket at Cambridge 1988

Higgins, Harry Leslie (‘Laddie')
Played cricket for Worcestershire, 1920-25, appeared for Gentlemen v Players at the Oval 1922; Headmaster, of a Millfield preparatory school at Glastonbury for 18 years.

Hill, John Ernest
Scorer of first first-class century for Warwickshire.

Hockley, Nick
Spent 6 years on the Organising Committee for the 2012 London Olympic Games; subsequently General Manager Communication and Marketing for the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2015; CEO of Cricket Austrailia (2021- )

Hodgskin-Brown, John K
Represented England at swimming, narrowly missed selection for Helsinki Olympics.

Hughes, Tony
Nine times winner of the All England Eton Fives Championship, on eight occasions partnered by Gordon Campbell (1953).

Jackson, Peter Barrie
England rugby international (20 caps between 1956 and 1963), toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada with the British Lions in 1959.

Jones, Roderick Granville John
Played rugby for Sierra Leone v Liberia (1975?).

Lobb, Bryan
Played cricket for Somerset, 1955-58, 1963-69.

Madden, Matthias
Captain of Great Britain Under-19 Water Polo team 2018

Marshall, John Hannath
Blue for cricket at Cambridge (1859); Second Master, King Edward VI School Bury; Curate at Great Barton, Bury and elsewhere; died of consumption in New Zealand.

Marshall, Joseph William
Blue for cricket at Cambridge (1855-1857); Vicar of St John's Blackheath (1874-1909), Honorary Canon of Rochester and Southwark.

Martin, Neil F C
Blues at Oxford for rugby (1993) and Cricket (1994).

Metcalfe, Ian
Cambridge rugby blue (1979); toured New Zealand with an England XV in 1985, and played for the Barbarians; Rugby Football Union Director; Chair of the Union's Professional Game Board 5th April 2011.

Miles, Anthony John
Represented England at Chess in 1973 at age 18; World Junior Chess Champion in 1974; first British Grandmaster (1976), defeated Anatoly Karpov, reigning world champion, in 1980.

Morgan, Chris
Represented Wales (1974-76) and Warwickshire (1974-82) at squash; won national open squash championships, Botswana Open (1979 and 1980), Swaziland Open (1980) and Malawi Open (1991).

Newcombe, Oliver
Played water-polo for Wales in Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (2006).

Odogwu, Paolo
English professional rugby union player who plays as a winger for Premiership club Wasps (2019- )

Oughtred, B
England rugby international (6 caps between 1901 and 1903), captain (1903).

Powell, Michael H
Half blue for Athletics, Oxford (1965)

Reasbeck, Robin C
Half Blue for Water Polo, Cambridge (1973)

Scoffham, R Brian
Chief Judge of World Water Ski Championship, Florida, 1989 - the only Briton ever to achieve this honour.

Singh, Anirudh
Cambridge Cricket blue 2003; brother of Anurag Singh (1994).

Singh, Anurag
Cambridge cricket blue 1996-1998 (captain 1997-1998); first class cricketer for Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Smith, Alan Christopher
Oxford cricket blue 1958-1960 (captain 1959-1960); first class cricketer for Warwickshire, becoming county captain 1968-1974; MCC tourist in Australia and New Zealand (1962-63) where he played in 6 Tests; Secretary of Warwickshire CCC (1976-1986) and Chief Executive of the TCCB (1987- ); Test Selector (1973- ); Manager of England in West Indies 1980-81, England in New Zealand and Pakistan 1984.

de Vos, Neils
Chief Executive of UK Athletics (2007- ); Executive Board Member of British Olympic Association, heavily involved in planning for the 2012 London Olympics; Chair of Birmingham St Mary's Hospice (1917- )

Wagh, Mark Anant
Oxford cricket blue 1996-1998 (captain 1997); first class cricketer for Warwickshire 1997-2006, Nottinghamshire 2007- ; scored 315 v Middlesex at Lords in 2001.

Wickins, Edmund C
Blue for association football at Cambridge 1980, 1981; Principal of King George V School in Hong Kong, teaching the IB (2004- )

Whatley, Ian
Represented British Universities in Cross-Country running; capped five times for the USA in Athletics; won a silver team medal in the Pan-Am Cup 1996; awarded 12 patents on sports footwear inventions.

Wheatley, Oswald Stephen (‘Ossie')
Cambridge cricket blue (1957-1958); capped for Warwickshire CCC and Glamorgan CCC; captain of Glamorgan and subsequently President; Chairman of the Cricket Committee of the TCCB (1986- ); Test Selector (1973- ).


Grenfell, George
'Grenfell of the Congo', exploring and evangelising Central Africa after the manner of David Livingstone.

Herrod, Bruce
Reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1996, but sadly died without returning.

Hills, Denis Cecil
At the end of the Second World War his Scarlet Pimpernel activities preserved many Poles from certain execution if returned to their homeland; author of an authoritative book on Turkey; Lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda (1963- ); condemned to death by Idi Amin in 1975, as a result of statements in his book, The White Pumpkin, about the situation in Uganda; released on the personal intervention of the Prime Minister, James Callaghan. 

Potts, William Henry
Signed on as deckhand on ship sailing to Australia to take part in the grain race, sailed on yacht across Indian Ocean to India, walked across Tibet, living with wild nomads.

Terry, Michael
Made first motor journey across northern Australia from Winton, Queensland to Broome, Western Australia, followed by further exploration in remote parts of Australia. Became an authority on the aborigines and their culture.