Stoddart, a talented rugbyman and cricket player at the end of the 19th century.
Andrew Stoddart was no ordinary man and his career was no less surprising : 4 times England rugby captain and 8 times English cricket captain, Stoddart excelled in both sports. In rugby, in 1888 during the first Lions tour of Australia & New Zealand, he made his name when he had to replace Bob Seddon as captain of the English side who died tragically. Best kicker of the tournament, he lead his new team brilliantly. In cricket, he was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1893. Undoubtedly talented, and a fantastic batter, Stoddart was admired by all, he was « the most glamorous player and the darling of the 1890s » says David Frith author of « The silence of the heart ». A jovial fellow with a contagious enthusiasm, Stoddart often played cards and danced all night the day before a match. He was fascinating on the field, fast, agile and so resistant! Andrew Stoddart used to wear this jacket before and after cricket matches in the 1890s.