Full name George Spillman
Born October 24, 1856, Strand, London
Died April 18, 1911, Brighton, Sussex (aged 54 years 176 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education King's College, London
|First-class span||1886 - 1886|
George Spillman, who played occasionally for Middlesex, died at Brighton on April 18th, aged 53. As he did not take part in county cricket until 1886, he was rather late in coming to the front, for he was, born in London on October 24th, 1857. His appearances for Middlesex were limited to ten matches, in which he scored 430 runs with an average of 23.88. At Lord's in June 1886 he scored 86 and 14 v. Yorkshire, 63 and 39 v. Gloucestershire, and 87 v. the Australians. He was also a wicket-keeper above the average, and at one time a good boxer. His early cricket was played in Sussex, chiefly with the old Brighton, Lewes Priory, Chichester and Hastings clubs. In those days he was an amateur, and his name will be found occasionally in Gentlemen of Sussex and United South of England teams. Later he assisted many clubs in the London district, and, on the recommendation of Robert Thoms, was tried for Middlesex. For some seasons he was engaged as cricket coach at a school in Jersey, and it was whilst going out there eight or nine years ago that he fell down the cabin stairs of a passenger steamer. The accident, inasmuch as it necessitated the amputation of his right leg, brought his connection with the game to a close. Spillman was educated at a Kensington school-- which has also been attended by Messrs. Bernard Pauncefote and A. O. Whiting, both old blues--and King's College, London. It was some time after his father's death that he made cricket a profession.
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