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Joseph Dennis

Joseph Dennis, the captain and wicket-keeper, was, at 47, the senior player. At that time he was landlord of the Eclipse Inn, Chapel Bar and was clearly a man of some wealth – in 1815, he stood to lose £120 on bets he laid during on particular Nottingham game; fortunately the match was won.

Dennis had played for Nottingham since 1800, but announced his retirement in 1828, due to failing eyesight. His fans begged him to appear in 1829, which he did in two final matches. He suffered a stroke whilst at the Bell Inn; Clarke, the landlord, carried Dennis on his back to the Eclipse, but Dennis died shortly afterwards in November 1831 – his wife had died a month earlier. Writing in 1853, J.F.Sutton notes, Dennis’s memory still lives in the memory of thousands.

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