Frederick Samuel Ashley-Cooper (born c. 22 March 1877 in Bermondsey, London; died 31 January 1932 in Milford, near Godalming, Surrey) was a cricket historian and statistician.

Frederick Samuel Ashley-Cooper
F.S. Ashley-Cooper
Born(1877-03-22)22 March 1877
Died31 January 1932(1932-01-31) (aged 54)
Occupation(s)Cricket historian, statistician
Notable workCricket Magazine

According to Wisden, Ashley-Cooper wrote "103 books and pamphlets on the game ... besides a very large amount of matter including 40,000 biographical or obituary notices".[1][2] For more than thirty years he was responsible for "Births and Deaths" and "Cricket Records" in Wisden; between 1887 and 1932 the Records section of the Almanack had grown from two pages to sixty-one pages.[1] Frail and short-sighted, he never played cricket, and seldom watched, but his "total involvement in the game almost precluded every other interest".[2]



His most notable works were:

  • Cricket Magazine (1900) reproducing notices of known matches played 1742 to 1751
  • Sussex Cricket and Cricketers (1901)
  • Curiosities of First-Class Cricket 1730-1901 (1901)
  • Nottinghamshire Cricket and Cricketers (1923)
  • The Hambledon Cricket Chronicle 1772-1796 (1924)
  • Cricket Highways and Byways (1927) (essays)
  • Kent Cricket Matches 1719-1880 (1929)

See also



  1. ^ a b c "F. S. Ashley-Cooper". Wisden 1933. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Quoted in E.W. Swanton, Follow On, Collins, London, 1977, p. 207.

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