Picture of Val Cumberbatch

Val Cumberbatch

Barrow and England Rugby League Player

Brothers Val and Jimmy Cumberbatch both played rugby league. Val Cumberbatch was a strong and popular player for Barrow and won a single cap for England scoring a try in his international debut. Val Cumberbatch played in Barrow's first Cup Final at Wembley and in 1947 he and four other Barrow players, the "Big Five", were the beneficiaries of a several tesimonial games for their service to the club.

Read about Valentine Cumberbatch, Barrow and the "Big Five" testimonial here.

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

Jimmy Cumberbatch - Newspaper Cutting

Jimmy Cumberbatch scores two tries in his debut against France

Viv Anderson broke through as the first black player to represent England at football in 1978, but rugby league had already beaten this achievement by more than forty years when Jimmy Cumberbatch ran out for England against France in 1937

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

Harrison College XI - 1930-1931 Division One Winners

A Cricketing Cumberbatch Family

Beyond a Boundary - Barbados cricket clubs were exclusively for whites until Graham Trent Cumberbatch changed the face of cricket by helping to establish the Spartan Cricket Club in 1893. The three Cs paved the way for the cricketing greats to come including one of the three Ws.

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

Clyde Cumberbatch Cricket Umpire

Umpire Clyde Cumberbatch, right, with fellow umpire Lloyd Barker of Barbados. A fast bowler turned cricket umpire from Trinidad. Read about his career as a cricketer turned umpire.

Growing up, I remember seeing Cricket Umpire Clyde Cumberbatch on the television. So I knew back then that there was another Cumberbatch out there. By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org