A Chip Off The Old Block(s) – Sydney Grade Cricket & the Gallop Family


Last Saturday the Eastern Suburbs encounter with local rivals UNSW bought together three generations of Sydney First Grade cricketing family lineage at Waverley Oval. Tom Gallop, his father David and Grandfather John between them have ties and history with both these famous Clubs.


The Management Committee of Eastern Suburbs had the pleasure of presenting John Gallop AM QC RFD with his Easts First Grade cricket cap (#313). John played at the Club for the period 1948-1957. Aside from playing 1st Grade, John was also an integral member of the Club's 2nd Grade back to back premierships in the 1951/52 and 1952/53 seasons. John moved to Canberra in the 1960's to pursue an illustrious and distinguished legal career and in his time was the Justice of the ACT and NT Supreme Courts. John also represented NSW Country cricket and was selected to play in the Prime Ministers XI against South Africa in 1964.


Post his playing days, John became the Chairman of the ACT Cricket Association, a position he held for 28 years. The ACT Grade One Day Cricket competition is known as the John Gallop Cup.


John's grandson Tom and son David were in attendance at John's First Grade cap presentation.


David, who is currently better known for his role as CEO of Football Federation Australia, was also a former Sydney First Grade cricketer. After growing up in Canberra and representing ACT U19’s, David moved to Sydney to work for a legal firm, where he also played for UNSW between 1984 and 1995 and opened the bowling with Geoff Lawson, which was generally done into the wind. It was while he was playing at UNSW where he became connected with John Ribot and Rugby League, whereby going on to become the NRL CEO for ten years.


Grandson Tom is currently Club Captain and playing Second Grade at Easts, also played at UNSW in his younger years. Since leaving the Bumbleebees in 2013, Tom has experienced First Grade at the Dolphins and has attained the First Grade number #683 to go with his Grandfather’s number in a long list which includes a number of Australian and NSW representatives dating back to the Clubs establishment in 1894. Tom like his father and grandfather is pursuing a career in the legal world while balancing the demands and enjoyment of what Sydney Grade Cricket offers.


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