Another blog from our volunteer Jamie McFadden, who's been busily researching past Liverpool Olympians for us.
It’s safe to say that Liverpool born Max Woosnam was definitely an all round sportsman. Amongst his sporting achievements are two Olympic medals, winning doubles at Wimbledon, making a century at Lord’s Cricket Ground, captaining the British Davis Cup team, captaining Manchester City Football Club, compiling a 147 break in Snooker AND playing as captain for the national football team!
Even with such an extensive sporting CV, Woosnam only ever competed in one Olympic Games in 1920 in Antwerp. Competing as a tennis player, he won a Gold medal in the Men’s Doubles and Silver in the Mixed Doubles.
After fighting in the First World War, Max divided his sporting attention. During the football season, he spent time playing for Chelsea FC, moving on to compete in tennis tournaments when the season was over. During this time, he won both singles and doubles titles in the Cambridge University tournament and entered Wimbledon for the first time.
Max Woosnam died in 1965.