Frank Devlin
Personal information
Country Ireland
Born(1900-01-19)19 January 1900
Dublin
Died27 October 1988(1988-10-27) (aged 88)
HandednessRight

Joseph Francis Devlin (19 January 1900 – 27 October 1988) was an Irish male badminton player.

Badminton career

Devlin is the second most successful player ever in the All England Open Badminton Championships with 18 titles between 1925 and 1931, including three triple championships in 1926, 1927 and 1929. He also won four Irish Championships.

Despite being Irish he was part of the English team that toured Canada in 1925 to promote the sport on behalf of the Canadian Badminton Association which had recently been formed in 1921. He was living in Beckenham, Kent and worked as a Salesman.[1][2] He was also part of a second English touring team that visited Canada during 1930. A match was held at the Granite Club in Toronto which England won 7–2.[1][3]

Awards

Frank Devlin was a right-handed player, and was included in the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997, together with his daughter Judy Devlin.

Major achievements

Rank Event Date Venue
1
1
1
Men's singles
Men's doubles
Mixed doubles
1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931
1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929
All England Open
1
1
1
Men's singles
Men's doubles
Mixed doubles
1924, 1926
1921
1923
Irish Championships

References

  1. ^ a b "Badminton : An Illustrated History - From ancient pastime to Olympic sport". Google Books.
  2. ^ "UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, Southampton, England 1926". Ancestry UK.
  3. ^ "UK, Outward Passenger Lists, Liverpool 1930 November". Ancestry UK.
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