Item BCA - 2021.2690 - Marjorie Pollard OBE

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BCA - 2021.2690


Marjorie Pollard OBE


  • 1931 1937 (Creation)

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pdf of 3 photographs and 3 of what is written on the back

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The three pictures show :-
Women's touring team v Rest of The World. June 16th 1935
Marjorie hitting, annual cricket match at Berkhamsted, Herts. July 31st 1931
Marjorie Pollard at the crease. May 5th 1937

Marjorie Pollard OBE lived at The Deanery in Bampton and for the many decades she was there she took a very active part in both village and district life. She was a key figure in establishing women's cricket in England in the late 1920s and was one of 19 present at the inaugural meeting of the Women's Cricket Association in October 1926. She became the headmistress of the village infants' school in Boughton, Northamptonshire. On June 17th 1929 she played in the first public women's match which was London & District v The Rest at Beckenham where she took two wickets. She was a big hitter, an excellent fielder and a very good captain.

She launched 'Women's Cricket' magazine in 1929 which she edited until 1950 and one of her missions was to use it to counter ignorance and patronising coverage to be found in the main stream media.

She was the first BBC sports commentator and reporter where her first 'appearance' behind the microphone was at a men's match in 1935 and two years later she commentated on the first Women's Tests in England for the BBC against Australia. In 1951 she commented on the first televised Women's match which was England v Australia at The Oval.

She wrote about Women's Sport for The Times, The Guardian, The Observer and London's Evening News.

Marjorie was also a brilliant hockey player and played for England 41 times between 1921 and 1937 and was a prodigious goal scorer.

She ran the 'Hockey Field' magazine for 34 years, she was instrumental in bringing international matches to Wembley Stadium in the 1950s and she made a series of coaching films which were donated to the Hockey Museum at Woking in 2017.

Marjorie was the first woman to chair Witney Rural District Council. She was a JP.

Despite Marjorie's obvious impact and influence her original 'Wisden' obituary ran to a pathetic 7 line but I'm delighted to say the 2021 issue of Wisden has a double page spread.

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