|Full name||Frederick John Vanderbyl Hopley|
27 August 1883|
Grahamstown, Cape Colony
16 August 1951 67) (aged|
Marandellas, Southern Rhodesia
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|Domestic team information|
|1905||Marylebone Cricket Club|
|1907–10||HDG Leveson Gower's XI|
Hopley was the British Public School's Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1901 and 1902. He boxed for Cambridge University and was regarded as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the British Empire. Most of his fights were won by knock out and tragically, in a 1912 bout, he threw a punch which resulted in a prolonged coma for his opponent, Cloyce Seagram.Although the blow was not fatal Hopley never fought again competitively.
A flanker, Hopley played three Tests for England. The first was in a win over France in 1907, a warm up match for that year's Home Nations Championship, in which he would feature once, against Wales in Swansea. His other Test came against Ireland in the 1908 Home Nations Championship. He played his club rugby for Blackheath and also had the distinction of representing the Barbarians.
Hopley was a fast bowler and capable lower order batsman. He took 45 wickets for Cambridge University and also played three first-class matches for the H. D. G. Leveson Gower's XI and another two with the Marylebone Cricket Club. His fourth and final first-class team was South Africa's Western Province, which he played one match for in 1909. He put in the best performance of his career in Cambridge's win over London County in 1904. He took 6/37 off just 9.3 overs in the first innings, which included the wicket of W. G. Grace. In the second innings he took another four wickets to finish with match figures of 10/132.
First World War
Hopley served with the Grenadier Guards Special Reserve, which was attached to the 3rd Battalion. He survived the war and received a DSO "for conspicuous gallantry in action" at Beaumont-Hamel in 1916. His younger brother, Geoffrey Hopley, also a Cambridge cricketer, wouldn't be as fortunate and was killed in France.
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