Jack Durston

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Jack Durston
Jack Durston, Brentford FC footballer, 1920.jpg
Durston in 1920.
Personal information
Full nameFrederick John Durston[1]
Born11 July 1893
Clophill, England
Died8 April 1965(1965-04-08) (aged 71)[2]
Norwood Green, England[2]
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm fast, offbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 386
Runs scored 8 3918
Batting average 8.00 11.90
100s/50s -/- -/6
Top score 6* 92*
Balls bowled 202 72124
Wickets 5 1329
Bowling average 27.19 22.03
5 wickets in innings 72
10 wickets in match 11
Best bowling 4/102 8/27
Catches/stumpings -/- 257/-
Source: [1]

Frederick John Durston, born Clophill, Bedfordshire, on 11 July 1893 and died at Norwood Green, Ealing, on 8 April 1965, was an English first-class cricketer who played for Middlesex and England.[2] He is a member of the Middlesex Hall of Fame.[3]

Cricket career[edit]

A tall fast bowler with the ability to make the ball "break back" after pitching,[4] Durston came to the fore in Middlesex's County Championship-winning seasons of 1920 and 1921,[2] having played only a handful of matches before then. In both years, he took more than 100 wickets and after taking 11 wickets in Marylebone's game against the all-conquering 1921 Australian cricket team led by Warwick Armstrong,[2][5] he was picked for the second Test match on his home ground, Lord's,[6] but though he took five wickets for 136 runs in the match,[7] he was dropped and never played for England again.[2]

Durston played for Middlesex until 1933,[8] turning increasingly to off-spin as he got older and stouter. In all, he took 1,314 wickets, his batting improved with age and in 1927 he shared an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 160 with Patsy Hendren against Essex at Leyton that remained as a Middlesex record until 2011.[9]

Football career[edit]

Jack Durston
Personal information
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1912 Bedford Town 5 (0)
Royal Engineers
Queens Park Rangers
1919–1921 Brentford 44 (0)
Northfleet United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Durston also played football as a goalkeeper for Royal Engineers, Queens Park Rangers, Brentford,[10] Northfleet United and Bedford Town.[6][11]

The Hackney Gazette Newspaper reported that the Brentford registered goalkeeper Corporal Jack Durston made 2 appearances for Clapton Orient during the December holiday period of 1917 both against Chelsea. On Christmas Day at Chelsea in a 4–1 defeat and on Boxing Day a 2–1 defeat at Millfields, Homerton. Source: Neilson N. Kaufman, honorary historian of nearly fifty years to Leyton Orient FC.

Personal life[edit]

Durston served with the Royal Engineers during the First World War.[2]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 88. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Jack Durston". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Middlesex County Cricket Club". www.middlesexccc.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Wisden – Fred Durston". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  5. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". www.cricketarchive.com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopaedia. Yore Publications. pp. 51–52. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.
  7. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". www.cricketarchive.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  8. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". www.cricketarchive.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Berg and Murtagh put Middlesex on brink". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  10. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 365–366. ISBN 0951526200.
  11. ^ "Player list 1908-38X.xlsx". google.com. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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