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Brief profile of Sam Silkin
by Dr.A.K.Hignell


Player:SC Silkin

Sam Silkin was Attorney General during the 1970`s and was M.P. for Camberwell between 1964 and 1974, and then Southwark from 1974 until 1985, when he was appointed to the House of Lords.

 

Before following a career in law and politics, Silkin showed promise as a young sportsman, excelling at fives and cricket. During the mid 1930`s, the young leg-spinner played for Surrey Young Amateurs and also the Glamorgan Club and Ground side, alongside his good friend Maurice Turnbull.

 

Whilst reading Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Silkin made a bid to win a Blue but despite impressing in the Trials at the start of the 1938 season, he remained on the fringe of the side. In a bid to press his friend`s claims for a place in the team for the Varsity Match, Turnbull selected his friend in the Glamorgan side that played the Cambridge students at Swansea. However, he only took one wicket, scored 2 and 0, and failed to win a Blue.

 

(December 2003)

(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dr.A.K.Hignell)

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