The Percy Fender (Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935) Cricket Archive

Percy George Herbert Fender 1892-1985) played 13 Tests and was captain of Surrey between 1921 and 1931. An all-rounder, he was a middle-order batsman who bowled mainly leg spin, and completed the cricketer's double seven times. Noted as a belligerent batsman, in 1920 he hit the fastest recorded first-class century, reaching three figures in 35 minutes which remains the record today. As early as 1914 Fender was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. After war service in the Royal Flying Corps he re-established himself in the Surrey team and became captain in 1921. His captaincy inspired the team to challenge strongly for the County Championship over the course of several seasons, despite a shortage of effective bowlers. Alongside his forceful though sometimes controversial leadership, Fender was an effective performer with bat and ball, although he lacked support as a bowler. From 1921, he played occasionally in Tests for England but was never particularly successful. Despite press promptings, he was never appointed Test captain, and following a clash with the highly influential Lord Harris in 1924, his England career was effectively ended. Further disagreements between Fender and the Surrey committee over his approach and tactics led the county to replace him as captain in 1932 and to end his career in 1935. A very recognisable figure, Fender was popular with his team and with supporters. Cartoonists enjoyed caricaturing his distinctive appearance. In addition to his cricket career, Fender worked in the wine trade, had a successful career in journalism, and wrote several well-received books on cricket tours. He worked well into the 1970s, even after going blind. He died in 1985.

Lot 652:
Lot 652
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. 'P.G.H. Fender- Directs Operations'. Charles Ambrose c1920's. Excellent original pen and ink, highlighted with chalk, drawing of Fender, wearing cricket attire, in the field with shirt collar up, pointing and organising the field by artist Charles Ambrose. Signed by Ambrose to lower border. The drawing measures 9.5"x11.5". Handwritten and title to verso. Some wear and creasing to image. Overall good. A very good likeness of a distinctive looking cricketer. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £400
Charles Ambrose is well known for his sporting drawings from the 1920's particularly golf
Lot 653:
Lot 653
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Arthur Mailey, New South Wales & Australia 1912-1930. Excellent large original pen and ink caricature portraits on card by Mailey of the Australian touring team of 1921 approaching the England Captain holding the Ashes urn in one hand and holding back by the collar the English bulldog in the other. The oversize figure of Australian Captain, Warwick Armstrong wearing Australian cap has his bat raised menacingly to the bulldog, with Jack Ryder prominent behind him in the Australian group. Nicely signed in black in to lower left hand corner by Mailey. The card measures approx 125"x8.25". An excellent original image. The image has what appears to be a cigarette burn near to the England Captains head resulting in a small hole, minor surface marks and slight soiling otherwise in good condition. Rare in this larger format. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £430
Lot 654:
Lot 654
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928/29. Original pen and ink caricature/ cartoon artwork for an Australian newspaper reporting on the first day's play of the 3rd Test between Australia and England in the match played at Melbourne by artist Samuel Wells. The cartoon depicts various scenes and players from the first day of the Test. The Australian kangaroo coming out to bat with the wicket looking perfect, England starting well taking three wickets for 57 runs but then only one more wicket falls in the day and Australia finish on 276-4 with Jack Ryder on 111no and Don Bradman on 26no. Players featured humorously on the cartoon include Jardine, Larwood, Tate, Chapman, Patsy Hendren and members of the press Percy Fender, Warwick Armstrong and 'Tommy' [Monty] Noble. The cartoon, signed by Wells, measures 14"x10.". Some soiling and age toning, some wear to corners and edges, some damage to the lower border affecting the final text of the cartoon otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £180
In this timeless Test, which lasted seven days and was won by England by 3 wickets. Australia batted first and made 397 all out (Kippax 100, Ryder 112, Bradman 79), in reply England made 417 all out with Wally Hammond making 200, Australia then made in 351 in their second innings to leave England needing 332 to win the match which they duly did for the loss of seven wickets, Sutcliffe making 135.Samuel Wells born in 1885 worked drawing sporting cartoons for the Melbourne Punch, Herald and The Age and also worked for the Daily Dispatch in the UK
Lot 655:
Lot 655
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928/29. Original pen and ink caricature/ cartoon artwork for an Australian newspaper reporting on the sixth day's play of the 3rd Test between Australia and England in the match played at Melbourne by artist Samuel Wells. The cartoon depicts various scenes and players from the sixth day of the Test. The Australians in a strong position 'rushed through their second innings this morning so as to massacre all the Englishmen on a dirty trickey sticky wicket'. However England having lost Hobbs for 49 went onto 171-1 with Sutcliffe on 83no and Jardine on 18no. Players featured humorously on the cartoon include Jardine, Jack Ryder, Hobbs, Sutcliffe and from the press Percy Fender. The cartoon laid down to backing card, signed by Wells, measures 15.25"x10.5". Some soiling and age toning, some wear to corners and edges otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986.
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £130
In this timeless Test, which lasted seven days and was won by England by 3 wickets. Australia batted first and made 397 all out (Kippax 100, Ryder 112, Bradman 79), in reply England made 417 all out with Wally Hammond making 200, Australia then made in 351 in their second innings to leave England needing 332 to win the match which they duly did for the loss of seven wickets, Sutcliffe making 135
Lot 656:
Lot 656
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Arthur Mailey, New South Wales & Australia 1912-1930 and cartoonist Tom Webster. Original printed card for the Turnberry Hotel, Ayrshire with colour view of the front of the hotel to centre. The back of the card has hand drawn pencil caricatures of, to left hand side, Arthur Mailey, depicted bowling a rugby ball, drawn by Tom Webster and to the right hand side Tom Webster, smoking a cigar, by Arthur Mailey. Each has been signed by the artist, each with title 'Tom by Arthur' and Arthur by Tom'. The card measures 7"x5.5". Vertical centre fold otherwise in good/very good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Presumably Mailey and Webster as journalists were staying at the Turnberry Hotel, possibly when Scotland played Australia in Glasgow in July 1930 and these caricatures were drawn over Dinner Tom Webster was a British cartoonist and caricaturist who specialised in sporting cartoons. He started out at the Sports Argus in Birmingham, then later the Evening News, before joining the Daily Mail in 1919. He specialised in cartoons of horseracing, cricket and golf, and stayed at the Mail for over twenty years. He left the Daily Mail in 1940, but continued to draw for other newspapers, and his own range of annuals, until 1960. He died in 1962, aged 76
Lot 657:
Lot 657
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Arthur Mailey, New South Wales & Australia 1912-1930. Original printed menu for the Grill Room at the Queen's Hotel, Leeds, dated 10th July 1930, the eve of the 3rd Test between England and Australia commencing at Headingley the following morning. The back cover of the menu has a head and shoulders caricature of cartoonist Tom Webster smoking a large cigar and the head of Percy Fender with bristling moustache above. The caricatures are not signed by Arthur Mailey but almost certainly his work. Good/very good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Presumably Mailey, Fender and Webster as journalists were staying at the Queen's Hotel and these caricatures were drawn over Dinner
Lot 658:
Lot 658
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Large original printed menu for the 'Diner D'Adieu by Mr & Mrs James Ferguson to Some Australian Freinds. The Dinner held on the 16th September 1930 at the Chez Taglioni, Gerrard Street, London. The menu with titles to front, guest list to inside left page and menu to right and to back cover of the menu is an excellent full length pencil caricature of Percy Fender wearing cricket attire and his famously extra long cricket sweater by Tom Webster, signed by Webster. Minor soiling to menu otherwise in good/very good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £450
The Dinner was in honour of five members of the 1930 Australian team, Vic Richardson, Alan Kippax, Bill Ponsford, Stan McCabe and the Treasurer, T.H. Howard. Other guests listed included cricketers Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe etc
Lot 659:
Lot 659
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Large original printed menu for the 'Diner D'Adieu by Mr & Mrs James Ferguson to Some Australian Friends. The Dinner held on the 16th September 1930 at the Chez Taglioni, Gerrard Street, London. The menu with titles to front, guest list to inside left page and menu to right. This was Percy Fender's menu from the Dinner and he has signed it to the back cover. In addition below are the signatures of many of the guests who attended, signed in pencil, and including cricketers, Vic Richardson, Alan Kippax, Bill Ponsford, Stan McCabe, Tour Treasurer, T.H. Howard, Jack Hobbs, Hubert Sutcliffe, Tom Webster etc. Very minor soiling to menu otherwise in good/very good condition. Sold with a 'Table Plan' for the 'Farewell Dinner to the Australian Cricket Team, Merchants Taylors Hall, London held on the 8th September 1930, a Dinner Percy Fender attended. Qty 2. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
The Dinner was in honour of five members of the 1930 Australian team, Vic Richardson, Alan Kippax, Bill Ponsford, Stam McCabe and the Tour Treasurer, T.H. Howard. Other guests listed included cricketers Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe etc
Lot 660:
Lot 660
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Large original printed single card menu for the 'Dinner to the Guests- The Yorkshire Cricketers' held on the 20th June 1931 at the Savage Club, London with 'Fred Gorle in the Chair'. The menu with caricature of 'savages' playing cricket and titles to front cover and menu to back. This was Percy Fender's menu from the Dinner and he has signed and written 'Whoever finds this should avoid an charge of theft by returning it to Percy G.H. Fender- Stealing by finding' . Also signed by Maurice Leyland and Frank Greenwood of Yorkshire C.C.C. Light soiling otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Yorkshire were County Champions in 1931
Lot 661:
Lot 661
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Official menu for the 'Dinner in honour of the visit of the M.C.C. team held by the Eastern Province Cricket Association on the 20th November 1922 at the Grand Hotel, Port Elizabeth'. The menu decorated in M.C.C. colours to edges with similar ribbon tie. Titles to front cover, toast and menu to inside pages and names of the teams and Eastern Province representatives to rear cover. Some soiling and wear to menu otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £30
M.C.C. played Eastern Province on the 18th to 21st November 1922 winning by an innings and 9 runs, Fender made 89 in the M.C.C. first innings and took 5-83 in the Eastern Province second innings to win the match
Lot 662:
Lot 662
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Original silk scorecards for Surrey v Middlesex 1921, Surrey v Kent (J.W. Hitch Benefit 1921 and Gentlemen v Players, Lord's 1921. Sold with a selection of cricket scorecards, many featuring Fender. Matches include Kent 2nd XI v Sussex 2nd XI, Sittingbourne 1911 (2 copies), Gentlemen v Players, The Oval 1913, Gentlemen of England v Players, Scarborough 1921 etc. The first two silk scorecards in very good condition, the remaining scorecard all with some, wear, soiling etc. Qty 9. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £140
Lot 663:
Lot 663
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Surrey brown county 1st XI cricket cap, by E.C. Devereux of Eton, with silk crest of the Prince of Wales feathers above the county emblem embroidered to front. Some wear, fading, small moth holes and faults to the cap otherwise in overall good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £200
Percy Fender played 52 games for Sussex and 413 matches for Surrey, many as Captain. He scored over 19,000 runs in first class cricket with a best of 185 and took 1,894 wickets with a best of 8-24. His name is remembered for his famous century in 35 minutes in the match between Surrey and Northamptonshire in 1920
Lot 664:
Lot 664
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Original solid leather portmanteaux (large deep suitcase) with typed letter to inside of the lid dated 24th May 1965 with the following statement 'This portmanteaux, which was given to my father by Mr Harry Bishop, in about 1904, was passed on to me by my father, and has been in my possession ever since. Today I have filled it with a number of souvenirs of all sorts which have been accumulating in a 'bottom drawer' for some years and which some day, may be of some interest to anyone who goes through the contents.... signed Percy G.H. Fender. The portmanteaux contains a miscellany of items including his newspaper cuttings, with handwritten annotation from the Ashes series of 1928/29, posters for a Charity Cricket Match played at Horsham, Sussex in June 1939, photographic proofs of photographic images of the 1930 Ashes Test series for his book 'The Tests of 1930' with letter from Faber & Faber, proof print of two pages of the same book, his leather tobacco pouch with his raised wired initials 'P.G.H.F.' to centre and to sides, raised wired emblems of Surrey County Cricket Club and England (three lions and crown), letters regarding cricket in the Daily Telegraph 1977, photographs of 'The Old Hags' at Lord's 1961, team photographs featuring Fender and others in later years, cricket newspapers, election posters by Tom Webster for County Council elections in 1952 with Fender standing, his school reports from his time at St George's College, Weybridge 1902-1904, St Georges College school photographs 1904, cricket and sporting team photographs from St. Pauls School 1908-09 and 1909 featuring Fender (Captain of Cricket), small cricket scorebooks, a selection of individual original pencil highlighted with colour caricatures (rather naive) of leading cricketers including Jardine, Larwood, Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Chapman, Freeman etc, each with the initials 'D.S.R.', Team photographs of the Surrey Eleven 1920 (Fender, Captain), Royal Air Force v The Rest of England, Eastbourne 1922 includes Woolley, Hobbs, Rhodes, Gunn, Gilligan, Tennyson, Carr, Fender, Gillingham, Haig etc, a detailed handwritten wartime diary of his travelling from Melbourne in Australia to Leyte in the Philippines in April 1945, a further diary with details of trips to France in September 1948, Singapore in December 1948, Greece in December 1948 etc, personal and army correspondence, family, wedding and war-time photographs, a presentation personalised photograph album for the Coronation Naval Review at Spithead in May 1937, various University rowing programmes 1950, business correspondence and photographs, fuel ration cards, menus and booklets for the Saintsbury Club 1940/60's, some original newspapers on the death of Churchill in 1965, war-time newspapers etc. The portmanteaux has the remains of various shipping labels to its sides including Cunard etc. The general condition of the portmanteaux is very worn with some breaking to straps. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 665:
Lot 665
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. A good selection of personal membership cards, passes, tickets, fixture lists for cricket and sporting events belonging to Fender, many with his name to card. The selection includes M.C.C. membership cards in his name for 1937, 1939, 1950 etc (8), Surrey C.C.C. membership cards in his name for 1935, 1936, 1937, 1954 etc (6), Surrey C.C.C. fixture cards for 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1947 etc (with duplication) (10), Kent C.C.C. fixture cards for 1930, 1931 & 1937, a quantity of Fender's business cards, Brighton College fixture list 1925, original ticket for P.G.H. Fender's Private Box for the England XI v Dominions XI, 13th July 1918, Gloucestershire membership card 1936, two driving licences in Fender's name, R.A.F. identity card for Flt/Lt Percy Fender 1940, 'Cricketers Diary for 1914' with handwritten annotation from Fender etc. A good selection. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £140
Lot 666:
Lot 666
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. An original two page typewritten tribute script, written by Fender, to Jack Hobbs, probably written when Hobbs died in 1963. The script marked to top border 'T.V. and B.B.C. Script'. 'Jack was a very great man in every way, and he achieved something which everyone of us, had we thought of it in time, would wish that we might have done...... He has left the world a little better for his having lived in it'. He finishes with a handwritten 'Well played Jack!'. Some handwritten annotation by Fender. Sold with a handwritten letter from Jack Hobbs to Percy Fender, dated 19th October 1961, thanking Fender for an excellent lunch and conversation. Nicely signed in ink by Hobbs. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £75
Lot 667:
Lot 667
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. A selection of menus owned by Fender including his menus for the Surrey County Championship Dinners of 1952, 1955 and 1972, Dinner to the Pakistan Cricket Team 1962 and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Jubilee Dinner held in 1955 where Fender was guest of honour, enclosed with the menu is a two page handwritten letter from G.A.T. Vials, Chairman of the club, requesting Fender to accept the invitation to attend, dated 1955. Sold with various invitation cards including Dinner to the Indian team of 1959, Alec Bedser Tribute Dinner of 1960, Afternoon Party at Buckingham Palace 1971 etc. Odd faults, good. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
Lot 668:
Lot 668
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Handwritten two page letter on S.S. Ormonde headed paper, dated 20th September 1924 from Herbert Strudwick (Surrey & England 1902-1927) to Percy Fender thanking Fender for the gift of a 'ball you so kindly had engraved and sent on to me. I am very pleased with it'. Strudwick has just left England, two days before, on the S.S. Ormonde as a member of the M.C.C. tour to Australia 1924/25. He goes onto talk of the forthcoming tour 'I must also thank you for the wine received on board. I hope we shall win the rubber, but I wish you were here to help. This is a lovely boat and we are having beautiful weather, jack [Hobbs] and Patsy [Hendren] have not missed a meal so far and they are very bucked over it....'. Signed 'H. Strudwick'. 'private' in red crayon has been written across the first page of the letter. Light folds otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £78
Lot 669:
Lot 669
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. A good selection of original press photographs including scenes at the Oval in the 1920's, spectators queuing around the ground on match day, matches being played with large crowds in attendance, players include Herbert Sutcliffe and a young George Duckworth. Photographs by Keystone View Company of Fleet Street and all stamped 'specimen'. The majority approx 8.5"x6.5". Qty 10. Some excellent images. G. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £240
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Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. A good selection of original press photographs mainly of Surrey players and matches in the 1920's. Photographs of Hobbs and Sandham walking out to bat at Lord's, Fender batting, Fender walking out to bat at Lords during the England v The Dominons match of July 1918, Fender catching Bryan (Kent) at the Oval, Surrey v The Australians at the Oval 1921 (2), the crowd cheering Fender after Surrey's exciting win against Kent 1921, Surrey v Sussex 1921, Fender bowling in the trial match at the Oval 1921, Fender as a member of the Sussex 2nd XI v Essex 2nd XI at Brighton 1910 etc. Various sizes, mainly 11.5"x10" in their mounts. Five in frames. Qty 12. Some excellent images. Odd faults otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £170
Lot 671:
Lot 671
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. 'Cricket Tours'. A good selection of negatives featuring M.C.C. tours of the 1920's. Many have been printed on photographic paper and feature M.C.C. teams on the field, ground scenes, players include Woolley, Sandham, Fender, Gillingham, Carr etc. Some non cricket and some non tour negatives. Also an original photograph of Fender with others at Black's Bungalow, Sydney Harbour and a long printed analysis of the five Test matches played in South Africa in 1922/23 giving averages and other statistics. 'Reprinted from the The Cape Argus' and with handwritten dedication to Alexander Kennedy, a member of the M.C.C. 1922/23 tour 'A. Kennedy Esq. With the compliments of the compiler H.J.B. Paine of Cape Town'.. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in October 1986
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £300

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