Fred "The Demon" Spofforth


Sydney Cricket & Sports Grounds

Sydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
Moore Park, Australia


Has any player ever come to blows, on or off the field, with an opposing player during an Ashes Test? Yes - and it happened in the Members Pavilion at the SCG. In January 1883 Fred Spofforth, the fiery Australian fast bowler, punched England’s batsman Dick Barlow, knocking him over a seat, after Barlow accused him of deliberately damaging the pitch.

This painting depicts the speed and ferocity that characterised the bowling of Fred ˜The Demon" Spofforth.


  • Title: Fred "The Demon" Spofforth
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1900
  • Physical Dimensions: 65.5 x 65.5 cm
  • Contributor: Image by Google Art Camera
  • Publisher: SCG Museum
  • Medium: Oil on wooden panel

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