Dr William Gilbert (“WG”) Grace , 18 July 1848 - 23 October 1915 born in Downend.
WG was an English amateur cricketer who has been widely acknowledged as the greatest player of all time, certainly in terms of his importance to the development of the sport. Universally known as “WG”, he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, the Gentlemen, MCC, the United South of England Eleven and several other teams. Also a great footballer Grace played for Wanders, England’s top team at the time (1876 Cup winners). Like many top sportsmen and women WG was a maverick and highly competitive. He did not always fit in with the cricketing authorities but was simply too good and too popular to ignore.
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