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John Cuffe

John Cuffe
Personal information
Full name John Alexander Cuffe
Born (1880-06-26)26 June 1880
Coonamble, NSW
Died 5 May 1931(1931-05-05) (aged 50)
Burton upon Trent, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Batsman, bowler, umpire
Domestic team information
Years Team
1902 New South Wales
1903-1914 Worcestershire
1919 Todmorden
1924 Lowerhouse
First-class cricket debut 26 December 1902 New South Wales v Queensland
Last First-class cricket 24 August 1914 Worcestershire v Sussex
Umpiring information
FC umpired 66 (1925–1927)
Career statistics
Competition First-class cricket
Matches 221
Runs scored 7,476
Batting average 22.25
100s/50s 4/39
Top score 145
Balls bowled 41,065
Wickets 738
Bowling average 25.45
5 wickets in innings 33
10 wickets in match 7
Best bowling 9-38
Catches/stumpings 127/0
Source: CricketArchive
John Cuffe
Personal information
Full name John Alexander Cuffe
Date of birth (1880-06-26)26 June 1880
Place of birth Coonamble, New South Wales
Place of death Burton upon Trent, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905-1914 Glossop North End 282 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Alexander Cuffe (26 June 1880 – 5 May 1931) was an Australian-born English cricketer who played more than 200 times in first-class cricket for Worcestershire between 1903 and 1914, having previously made a single appearance for New South Wales. After retiring from county cricket, he stood as an umpire for three years in the 1920s. He also played at least once as a professional for Lowerhouse in the Lancashire League. [1] Cuffe was also a footballer and played ten seasons for Glossop North End in the Football League Second Division.[2]


  • Cricket career 1
    • New South Wales 1.1
    • Worcestershire 1.2
    • Umpiring career 1.3
    • Coaching career 1.4
  • Football career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Cricket career

New South Wales

Born in Cardiff Arms Park in 1910, but this game did not have first-class status.)


Cuffe then came to England, making his Worcestershire debut against Oxford University at The Parks in May 1903. He was not yet qualified to appear in the County Championship, but also played against Cambridge University and the Philadelphians that season, scoring 91 against the latter side. He again turned out three times in 1904, playing once each against the universities and appearing also against the touring South Africans, claiming 5-58 in an innings defeat of Oxford.

For the ten seasons from 1905 to 1914, Cuffe was a regular part of the Worcestershire side, and he made a career-best 145 against analysis of 8.1-4-5-9. [4] Also in 1910, he performed the hat-trick against Hampshire at Dean Park, Bournemouth. [5]

In what turned out to be the last three years of his first-class career, 1912 to 1914, his bowling continued to be quite productive with at least 50 wickets in each summer. Indeed, he took 11-163 in the match against Gloucestershire as late as July 1914. His batting, however, declined, and in 99 first-class innings he made only three half-centuries. Cuffe's final first-class game came against Sussex at Eastbourne in late August 1914. In a two-day innings defeat he scored 10 and did not bowl a ball; his career ended sadly when he was absent hurt in the second innings. [6]

Cuffe did not reappear in first-class cricket after the First World War.

After stints in the Lancashire League with Todmorden and Lowerhouse Cuffe retired from playing.

Umpiring career

Cuffe stood as an umpire in 66 first-class matches between 1925 and 1927.

Coaching career

He later took a position as coach at Repton School.

Football career

Cuffe is recognised as being the first Australian to play in the Football League. Playing with Glossop North End between 1905 and 1914, Cuffe played 282 matches as a full-back.[2][7]


Cuffe died in Burton-on-Trent at the age of 50, having drowned. [8]


  1. ^ "Accrington v Lowerhouse in 1924".  
  2. ^ a b Retrieved 20 October 2009
  3. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding On Each Ground by John Cuffe".  
  4. ^ "Glamorgan v Worcestershire in 1910".  
  5. ^ "Hampshire v Worcestershire in 1910".  
  6. ^ "Sussex v Worcestershire in 1914".  
  7. ^ Rich, Tim (29 July 2003). "Vieira handed title of England's finest import". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  8. ^ Obituary. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1932.

External links

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