Denis Compton, Leslie Compton, and Arthur Milton

Denis Compton played 54 matches for Arsenal between 1936 and 1950. He represented England at football in 12 wartime internationals, but never in an official match. As a cricketer he played in 78 Test matches, scoring 5,807 runs at an average of a fraction over 50.

His brother Leslie was more successful at football, but less so at cricket. He played 253 games for Arsenal between 1932 and 1950, and one full international for England – against Wales, at Wembley, in 1950. He was 38 years old at the time, making him England's oldest debutant in an outfield position and the oldest in any position since the Second World War. He played 274 matches for Middlesex, scoring 5,814 runs at an average of 16.8. He was never selected to represent England at cricket.

So, to summarise: neither Denis Compton nor his brother Leslie can really be said to have represented England at both football and cricket.

The last man to achieve that double was Arthur Milton. He played one football match against Austria, at Wembley, in 1951, and six Test matches in 1958 and 1959.

Milton played 84 matches for Arsenal, between 1951 and 1955, helping them to win the League title in the 1952–3 season. But apart from his dual–international status, he is best remembered as a county cricketer with Gloucestershire, for whom he played 585 first–class matches between 1948 and 1974 – scoring over 32,000 runs at an average of 33.73.

© Haydn Thompson 2017