Original postcard of a game of Vigoro being played at Lord's Cricket Ground on October 17th 1902. Vigoro was a sport invented in 1901 by John George Grant and combined elements of cricket and tennis. The caption refers to this match as Gents v Players but other sources call it Middlesex v Surrey. What we do know is that the match was played in front of the MCC Committee and that one team was led by Eustace Miles, the real tennis player, and also included Wimbledon Champions Laurence and Reginald Doherty. Their opponents were led by Surrey cricketer Bobby Abel - players pictured are listed on the front of the card and include Abel, F. Andre (Queen's Club), HL Doherty, Hearne (Middlesex), Greaves (Yorkshire), J.T. Fennell (Lord's), F.L. Rawson (Surrey) and Albert Trott (Middlesex). Fennell and Rawson were real tennis players. The tennis players won the match comfortably as they were more used to the equipment. Vigoro never really caught on in England but a version of the game is still played in certain Australian states.
Postally unused. Very good condition.
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