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C.B. Fry >> Henry 'Harry' Cursham >> Henry Bunny Austin >>
Harold Abrahams >> Chris Adams >> Martin Jones >>
Charlotte Craddock >> Susie Gilbert >> Tom Poynton >>
Georgie Twigg >> Johnny Gorman >> Nitish Kumar >>
 Will Hughes >> Ellie Watton >> Joanna Leigh >>
 Shona McCallin >>    

C.B. Fry, The Cross, 1885 - 1891

Charles Burgess Fry counts as probably England’s greatest sporting all-rounder. His achievements included playing soccer for England and appearing in an FA Cup Final for Southampton. As a student he equalled the world long jump record, and he played rugby for Oxford University, Blackheath and the Barbarians. He was also an outstanding cricketer: he captained the England cricket team without losing a Test Match and scored six centuries in successive innings.

Fry arrived in Repton in 1885 and boarded in what was then Forman House. It continues to serve as a boys’ house, now known as The Cross.

C.B. Fry left Repton in 1891 and died in 1956 after a distinguished career in journalism and public life. Such was his reputation that at one stage he was even offered the throne of Albania – an offer which he declined. On September 28 his ashes were interred at Repton Parish Church, close to the School, but his memory and inspiration live on and each year Repton makes a number of entrance awards recognising all-round achievement and potential which bear his name.

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Henry 'Harry' Cursham, The Hall 1875

Henry "Harry" Cusham is hardly a household name today but no player in history has scored more goals in the FA Cup. In a ten-year period, from 1877 to 1887, he scored 49. .

Cursham accrued eight caps for the England national football team, the first of which came in a 3-2 victory against Wales in 1880.

Cursham's first-class cricket career began in 1880. He debuted in a draw against Surrey. His second and final match was against a team of touring South Africans, coming at the age of 44, some 24 years later. Henry "Harry" Cursham is the current top Goalscorer in the FA Cup and has held the record since 1887 with 49 goals. The closest anyone has come to breaking the record is Ian Rush when he scored his 44th FA Cup goal in 1998.

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Henry “Bunny” Austin, The Orchard 1919-1924

Before Andy Murray's appearance in 2012, Bunny Austin was the last male tennis player from the United Kingdom to reach the final of the Gentlemen's Singles at Wimbledon, a feat he achieved in 1938 (having also been losing finalist in 1932). He was also a finalist at the 1937 French Open and a championship winner at Queen's Club. Along with Fred Perry, he was a vital part of the British team that won the Davis Cup three times from 1933-35. He is also remembered as the first tennis player to wear shorts. He reached his first Wimbledon Final in 1926, just two years after leaving Repton in the men's doubles final.

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Harold Abrahams, The Mitre 1916-1921

Harold Abrahams, CBE was a British athlete. He was Olympic champion in the Paris Olympics of 1924 in the 100m sprint, a feat depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire.

Having already attended the Olympics of 1920 without winning a medal, Abrahams took gold in the 100m and silver in the 4x100m in 1924. Shortly before these games, he also set a new English Long Jump record that then stood for 32 years.

A broken leg ended his athletics career in 1925 but he remained heavily involved in athletics and worked as an athletics journalist for 40 years. He was Team Captain of Great Britain in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. Later he was the timekeeper for Roger Bannister’s 4 minute mile.

Abrahams was immortalised in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film tells his story and that of Eric Liddell, another international athlete that competed in the 1924 Olympics.

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Chris Adams, The Priory 1986-7

Chris Adams still holds all Repton’s batting records in our 1st XI cricket team. Chris made his first class debut for Derbyshire as an 18 year old in 1988, just one year after leaving Repton. His playing career then spanned twenty seasons totaling just under 20,000 first class runs with 48 hundreds. He won five Test caps for England and 5 caps in One Day Internationals. He captained Sussex to the County Championship in 2003, 2006 and 2007, and was one the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2004.

Chris Adams has more recently been Cricket Manager at Surrey County Cricket Club and worked in a coaching capacity for Sri Lanka and The Netherlands.

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Martin Jones, The Cross 1997-1999

After representing England at all junior levels including at the Junior World Cup in 2001, Martin was selected for his first Senior International v Poland in January 2002, just two and a half years after leaving Repton. Martin's international career totalled 118 apperances for England and Great Britain, taking in two World Cups, two European championships and the Commonwealth Games in 2006, as well as being England Hockey’s Premier League Player of the Year in 2006-7. Martin rejoined Repton in 2004 as a coach and has since taken the role of Director of Hockey here, where he has coached the school's teams to 26 National Titles since 2005.

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Charlotte Craddock, The Abbey 2005-2009

Following her performances for the gold medal winning GB U21’s at the Youth Olympics in 2007, at the age of just 17 Charlotte was selected to make her senior international debut for Great Britain against Argentina in November 2007, despite not yet having played for England seniors. She duly scored on her debut and played in a number of games over the next few months before being selected in the Great Britain Olympic Squad for the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, where she became Britain’s youngest ever hockey Olympian, and played in every game. Seven months after her return from Beijing, Charlotte starred in Repton’s fifth consecutive National Schools Title victory where she was not surprisingly the tournament top scorer. Charlotte then represented England in the Champions Trophy, World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2010, before taking a university scholarship in the USA.

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Susie Gilbert, Field House 2002-2007

Susie was Captain of Hockey at Repton in 2006-7 and led the 1st XI to the National Title that year. Just over a year after she left, she made her senior international debut for Great Britain against Germany in October 2008. Now an established international, Susie has over 150 senior international caps. She is now a Commonwealth Silver, World Cup Bronza and European Gold Medallist, and remains a full time athlete with the England and GB squads.

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Tom Poynton, School House 2006-2008

After completing his Lower Sixth year at Repton, Tom was called up to make his first class cricket debut for Derbyshire aged just 17 against Middlesex in 2007. He was Captain of Cricket at Repton in 2008, leading the 1st XI to the National 20/20 Cup title, beating Dulwich College in the final. Tom was selected earlier in his career for England U17s and was selected for England U19s on their tour of South Africa and home series against Bangladesh. He was a full time professional at Derbyshire CCC having been part of their Division 2 Champions squad in 2012. Tom unfortunately was forced to retire from professional cricket in 2016 after an accident. 

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Georgie Twigg MBE, Field House 2003-2008

As Captain of Hockey at Repton, Georgie led the 1st XI to the National title in 2007-8 and played in all of the England National Age Group Squads. Shortly after leaving Repton, she was selected for the Youth Olympics with GB U21 and her senior international debut came in February 2010, aged just 19. She has the unusual feat of being selected for Great Britain before England, but after winning her first GB Senior caps against Germany and Australia, was selected for the England senior squad at the Champions Trophy in July 2010. Selection for The World Cup and Commonwealth Games followed as did her selection for GB at the 2012 London Olympics where she won a bronze medal. Georgie became a European Gold medallist in 2015 and in 2016 won Olympic Gold with the women's hockey squad in the Rio games. She has been awarded an MBE for services to hockey. 

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Johnny Gorman, 2009 - 2011

Johnny joined Repton in 2009 aged 16 having played at youth level for Northern Ireland. Just 8 months later, aged 17, he made his full Northern Ireland debut.

As well as playing for Repton, Johnny joined Wolves Academy in 2009, after six years at Manchester United academy. On 26 May 2010 he made his international debut for Northern Ireland in a 0–2 friendly defeat to Turkey played in Connecticut, USA. On 31 May 2010 he won his second cap in a 0-1 defeat to Chile. He played for Repton in the 2010 Independent Schools Football Association Boodles Cup Final against Shrewsbury School and made his Premier League debut for Wolves against Norwich in 2012.

More recently Johnny has had loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Cambridge United, before moving permanently to Leyton Orient and then to Telford United.

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Nitish Kumar, New House 2011-2013

In May 2011, Nitish Kumar became the youngest ever player to play in a Cricket World Cup when he played for Canada against Zimbabwe. His following appearances included One Day Internationals against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. His time at Repton included the School 1st XI captaincy in his final year and an award winning 153 not out off 102 balls as his highlight. He is one of only three players to score five or more hundredsfor the School and has made a first class hundred for Canada v UAE.

Nitish moved to Loughborough University in 2014 and represents the MCCU. In 2015 he made a hundred against Kent CCC 1st XI and in 2016 was selected as the ICC Americas player for Carribean Premier League team, St Lucia Zouks.

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Will Hughes, New House 2008-2011

Will Hughes left Repton in 2011 and signed professional terms with Derby County FC for the following season. He made his first team and nPower Championship debut in April 2012 against Peterborough, just two terms after leaving school. Will was subsequently selected for England U17 and then England U21 in 2013, and won Derby County's Young Player of the year. He made 36 first team starts in 2012-13, most before his 18th birthday, and now has over 130 1st team appearances. In 2017, after 187 appearances for DCFC, Will signed for the Premier League team Watford FC.

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Ellie Watton, The Mitre 2005-2007

Ellie Watton made her senior debut for England on the same tour of South Africa as Joanna Leigh, with fellow Reptonian Susie Gilbert as Captain. Ellie left Repton in 2007, having been part of the school's teams that won the National Championships in 2006 and 2007. Following Repton she played for Beeston HC, as well as completing her degree and teaching qualification to become a PE teacher. Ellie became a Commonwealth Silver medallist in 2014. She is currently a full time hockey player with the England squad and now has 50 caps, reaching this landmark in 2016 v Australia in Perth. 

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Joanna Leigh, The Garden 2009-2011

Joanna Leigh left Repton in 2011 having played for England at junior level in both U16 and U18 age groups. Joie was Captain of Hockey in her final year at school, and won three national hockey titles. Following Repton, she was elevated quickly into the England and GB U21 squads, and played in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013, winning a bronze medal. She was called up to the England Senior Womens squad the following month and made her senior debut in South Africa against the host nation, winning 5 senior caps on the tour.

Joie now has over 35 senior international caps and her major tournament experience includes the 2014 Champions trophy.

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Shona McCallin MBE, The Abbey, 2008-2010

Shona won three National titles in her two years in Repton's midfield and following school spent four years in Holland studying for her degree and playing in the Dutch League. A former England U21 Captain, Shona now has over 30 senior international caps, and in 2015 was part of the England team that became European Champions. In 2015 she won a gold medal  in the EuroHockey Championships gold medal in 2015 and in 2016 Shona was part of the women's hockey squad that won Gold in the Rio Olympic Games and has subsequently been awarded an MBE for her services to hockey. 

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