Tuesday 31 May 2022

A Sporting All-rounder

Campbelltown has produced a number of sports people that have got on to make a name for themselves in the national and international arenas. Names like Joe Quinn, Alyson Annan and Jack Crawford come to mind. However, I discovered on the weekend that another sportsman from Campbelltown had success in two sports and his name has largely been forgotten.

Cecil Dudley Seddon was born in Campbelltown on 3 July 1902 to parents Hezekiah and Janet. He dropped his first name and became known throughout his life as Dudley. The Seddon family played an important role in the development of Campbelltown. Dudley's father Joseph Pickles Seddon moved to Campbelltown in 1887 and purchased the cordial manufacturing business off Mrs Hurley. The factory was located in Short Street, opposite the train station.

Dudley first took an interest in rugby league and excelled at it. He played for the Newtown "Blue Bags" from 1920 to 1926. He was one of the New South Wales rugby league team's three-quarters in a representative match against Queensland on 5 June 1921.

Although Dudley was described as tenacious and plucky, he was quite small in stature and it was this disadvantage that made him switch to his other passion- cricket. He made his first-class cricket debut in a 1926/27 Sheffield Shield match against Queensland. A middle order batsman, Seddon made just six and four. 

He had to wait a year to make his next appearance, which came against Tasmania. Dudley failed again, only making 10 and 22 in his two innings.

He made three appearances in New South Wales's winning 1928/29 Sheffield Shield campaign. His best performance came against Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he made a pair of half centuries (80 and 59). In his final first class innings that summer, he made a career best 134 against Tasmania.

However, it was probably as a national selector that Seddon became famous. He was a selector for the national team along with Sir Donald Bradman and Jack Ryder for the 1954/55 season against England. He was a national selector from 1954 to 1967.

Dudley Seddon died at Dulwich Hill in 1978. 

Written by Andrew Allen

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