Ralph Cyril Fulford Nichols, who died in 2001 at the age of 90, was the last English man to win the men’s singles at the All England Championships – this was in 1938. This was the sixth time that he had won the singles, in 1937 he recorded his fourth win in that event, winning the trophy outright. He and his brother Leslie won the men’s doubles three times in succession winning that trophy outright also. He was winner of the mixed doubles in 1939.
He played for England 36 times between 1930 and 1951, a remarkable achievement as very few international matches were played at this time and the 2nd World War brought badminton to a standstill for several years.
Needless to say, Ralph Nichols had a vast collection of trophies that he won during his career and the National Badminton Museum is delighted that three of these have now become the property of the museum, one being donated by his widow Elisabeth, now living in Devon.
Our picture shows the trophies which were recently presented to Bill and Brenda Andrew who visited Devon to meet up with Elisabeth and their son Richard.