William Woof      

Full name William Albert Woof

Born July 9, 1858, Gloucester

Died April 4, 1937, Montpellier, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (aged 78 years 269 days)

Major teams Gloucestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast, Slow left-arm orthodox

Other Umpire, Coach

Education Bedford Grammar School

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 160 258 63 1274 43 6.53 0 0 119 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 160 35405 13369 754 8/70 17.73 2.26 46.9 69 11
Career statistics
First-class span 1878 - 1902

William Woof, the old Gloucestershire slow left-hand bowler, was educated at Bedford Grammar School with the intention of becoming an engineer. He played for the Gloucestershire colts in 1878 and took five wickets for 78 runs, among his victims being W. G. and G. F. Grace. When tried for the County, he failed and next year, accepting an engagement on the ground staff at Old Trafford, he decided to make cricket his career. Then A. N. Hornby persuaded him to change his pace from fast to slow with very beneficial effect. W. G. Grace, hearing of this, got him a post as bowler at Cheltenham College and in 1882 recommended him for the ground staff at Lord's where he made a name in M.C.C. matches and remained for four seasons. Appointed coach at Cheltenham in 1885 he retained the position until 1925 and on his retirement he received £1,200 as a testimonial from past and present Cheltonians.

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