A. N. Hornby blue plaque in Blackburn

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A. N. 'Monkey' Hornby (1847-1925) captain of England at cricket and rugby and footballer for Blackburn Rovers, was born here 10th February 1847

Albert Neilson Hornby, commonly designated A. N. Hornby, nicknamed Monkey Hornby (Blackburn, Lancashire, 10 February 1847 – 17 December 1925 in Nantwich, Cheshire) was one of the best known sportsmen in England during the nineteenth century excelling in both rugby and cricket. He was the first of only two men to captain the country at both rugby and cricket but is also remembered as the England cricket captain whose side lost the Test match which gave rise to the Ashes, at home against the Australians in 1882. Additionally, he played football for Blackburn Rovers.

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