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Arthur Jepson
Personal information
Full name Arthur Jepson
Born 12 July 1915(1915-07-12)
Selston, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 17 July 1997 (aged 82)
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1938-1959 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 392
Runs scored 6369
Batting average 14.31
100s/50s 1/11
Top score 130
Balls bowled 71573
Wickets 1051
Bowling average 29.08
5 wickets in innings 40
10 wickets in match 6
Best bowling 8/45
Catches/stumpings 200/0
Source: CricketArchive, 22 July 1959
Arthur Jepson
Personal information
Full name Arthur Jepson
Date of birth July 12, 1915(1915-07-12)
Place of birth    Selston, England
Date of death    July 17, 1997 (aged 82)
Place of death    Kirkby-in-Ashfield, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
000000 Newark Town
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Mansfield Town
Grantham Town
Port Vale
Stoke City
Lincoln City
Northwich Victoria
Gloucester City
Hinckley United

41 (0)
28 (0)[1]
58 (0)[2]

Teams managed
Hinckley United
Hinckley Athletic

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Arthur Jepson (12 July 1915 - 17 July 1997) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire before becoming an umpire. In addition to cricket he was also an accomplished football goalkeeper who played over 100 games in the Football League before turning his hand to management.


Cricket career

Jepson, a right-arm fast-medium bowler, made his county debut as a 23 year old in 1938. He had his best summer in 1947 when he took 115 wickets at 27.78, the only occasion when he took more than 100 wickets in a season.[3] On the back of his prolific summer he represented the Marylebone Cricket Club twice the following year.

In a match against Leicestershire in 1958, his penultimate season, he took a career best 8 for 45 to dismiss Leicestershire in their second innings for 128. He brought up his 1000th first-class wicket when he had first innings century maker and captain Willie Watson caught by Norman Hill.[4]

He batted mostly in the lower order and made a solitary century in his first-class career, an innings of 130 against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge when he shared in a sixth wicket partnership of 270 with opener Reg Simpson.[5]

After retiring as a cricketer, Jepson turned to umpiring and officiated in county matches up until 1985. During the late 1960s he umpired four Test matches, the first of which was between England and the West Indies at Nottingham, where Basil Butcher scored a double hundred.[6] He also umpired in five One Day Internationals, including three at the 1975 Cricket World Cup.[7]

Football career

In football Jepson was a goalkeeper, after leaving Newark Town he played for Mansfield Town and then Grantham Town. In June 1938 he joined Port Vale and made his debut in a 1-0 defeat at Clapton Orient on 8 September. He proved to be a more competent keeper than George Heppell and was an ever-present during the rest of the 1938-39 season. Also a regular during the 1939-40 campaign, during the the war he guested for Nottingham Forest, Watford, Notts County and Swansea Town. After his demobbing from the forces in October 1945 he returned to Burslem, regaining his place in the side.[8]

After suffering a serious spinal injury in February 1946 he missed the rest of the season. He also missed the start of the 1946-47 season, this time due to his cricketing commitments. In September 1946, having played 92 games for the Vale over all competitions, he was sold to local rivals Stoke City for a £3,750 fee. Staying for two seasons at the Victoria Ground he moved on to Lincoln City in 1948, where he kept goal in 58 league games. Leaving Lincoln in 1950 he later played for Northwich Victoria and Gloucester City before becoming player-manager of Hinckley United.[8]

After retiring as a player, he later managed Hinckley Athletic and scouted for Coventry City and Middlesbrough.[8]


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