Cuthbert Burnup

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Cuthbert Burnup
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Personal information
Full name Cuthbert James Burnup
Born (1875-11-21)21 November 1875
Blackheath, Kent, England
Died 5 April 1960(1960-04-05) (aged 84)
Golders Green, Middlesex, England
Nickname Pinky
Batting style Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1896–1907 Kent
1899–1903 Marylebone Cricket Club
1901 London County
1895–1898 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 228
Runs scored 13614
Batting average 36.79
100s/50s 26/81
Top score 200
Balls bowled 5813
Wickets 98
Bowling average 32.42
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/36
Catches/stumpings 106/–
Source: Cricinfo, 5 April 1960

Cuthbert James "Pinky" Burnup (21 November 1875 – 5 April 1960) was an amateur cricketer and footballer who gained fame through his participation in sports around the turn of the century. An English international footballer at only twenty years old, Burnup is more renowned as a Kent cricketer but his abilities never resulted in international selection despite immense early promise.

Burnup was born at Blackheath, Kent, the son of J M Burnup. He was educated at Malvern School and Clare College, Cambridge[1] and gained a blue in football and cricket at Cambridge University.[2] A cautious opening batsman and occasional bowler, Burnup was in the Cambridge side for three years from 1896.[3] Upon graduating from University he maintained an active interest in both sports, being selected to play for his 'home' county of Kent and becoming a footballer with the Corinthians going on tour with ‘Pa’ Jackson’s club to South Africa in 1897. The tour would be soccers first ever venture beyond the boundaries of Europe, yet his absence from the Kent side that year was keenly felt.[4] He also played for Old Malvernians.[5]

Burnup would play in total, 79 games for Corinthian FC, scoring 28 times. Such were his abilities as a footballer, and such was the influence of the amateur game on the Football Association at the time, that Burnup was selected to represent England against Scotland in the Auld Enemy match in Glasgow on 4 April 1896.[6] However, it was a galling defeat, with England losing 2–1, that did much to signal the end of the reliance of the Football Association on amateur footballers. It was his only game for England.

His appearances for Kent coincided with their rise as the pre-eminent County side in English cricket.[7] His greatest talent lay with the willow, although he was a fair bowler. His abilities with the bat earned him considerable fame and there was clamour for an England place.[8] But this was never to be. He played for Kent until 1907, making 1,000 runs in a season eight times. His best season was 1902 when he scored 2,048 runs. He was captain of Kent in 1903 and was also named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in that year. Burnup also appears in the record books as the only first class bowler to have 10 runs scored off one ball. This happened when he was playing for MCC against Derbyshire in 1900 and bowling to Samuel Hill Wood.[9]

Burnup captained Kent CC on their North American tour of the United States in 1903[10] and later for Ashford.[11]

Burnup died at North End, Golders Green, Middlesex at the age of 84.




  1. Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Cambridge University Cricket Club – Representative Players
  3. "Burnup, Cuthbert James (BNP894CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Cricinfo – Burnup and other absent friends left Kent out in the cold
  5. "Corinthian-Casuals FC – Down Memory Lane – Corinthian FC (2)". Retrieved 8 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. – Match Statistics
  7. Band of Brothers Cricket Club
  8. Cricinfo – Players and Officials – Pinky Burnup
  9. Cuthbert Burnup at CricketArchive
  10. "ENGLISH CRICKETERS WIN; Metropolitan Team Beaten at Staten Island by Big Margin. Bradley, the Fast Kent County Bowler, Does Clever Work – Victors Led by 124 Runs". The New York Times. 2 October 1903. Retrieved 30 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. History

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Mason
Kent County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
C. H. B. Marsham