The First All-England Mixed Doubles Trophy from 1899.

Written by Geoff Hinder

The First All-England Mixed Doubles Trophy from 1899

The All-England Mixed Doubles Championship Challenge Cup has recently been acquired by the National Badminton Museum. The cup was first presented at the very first All-England Badminton Championships in 1899, the first winners were English pair D. M. Oakes and Miss Daisey St John. The trophy was presented to the winners, who also received 2 guineas (£2.10p) with the runners-up receiving 1 guinea.
Originally the cup would have had a wooden plinth base with a silver band where the winner’s names would have been engraved. It is hallmarked London 1897 by Edward Barnard and Sons Ltd. The cup is now on display at the National Badminton Museum in Milton Keynes.
In 1921, the cup was won outright by Sir George Thomas and Hazel Hogarth after they won it at three consecutive Championships – in 1914, 1920 and 1921 (there were no championships between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War). Sir George and Hazel also won the mixed doubles title again in 1922.
Before 1979 if an All-England Champion won a trophy for three consecutive Championships or four Championships in total, they were awarded the trophy outright.
Sir George Thomas won a total of 21 All-England titles and Hazel Hogarth won a total of 11 titles.
Like many good standard badminton players of that time, they were also good standard tennis players. Hazel Hogarth and Sir George Thomas played tennis together at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships from 1913 to 1926.
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In 1922 new trophies were presented to the Badminton Association for annual presentation to the Mixed Doubles winners at the All-England Badminton Championships. One of these trophies is also on display at the National Badminton Museum.

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