Cricket Hero's Amazing Feet; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS

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Who was the last professional to play both cricket and football for England?

THE last man to accomplish this rare feat was Clement Arthur Milton, who played cricket for Gloucestershire between 1948 and 1974, and football for Arsenal and Bristol City.

Born in Bedminster, Somerset, on March 10, 1928, Milton was a right-winger for Arsenal in a career which included the 2-0 defeat of Liverpool in the 1950 FA Cup Final.

He then moved in 1955 to Bristol City, where he helped the team gain promotion to Division 2. He played soccer only once for his country - in 1952 against Austria.

A handsome, right-hand opening batsman and right-arm, medium-paced bowler, he played in 585 matches for Gloucestershire, the third highest number on record, and made 32,150 first-class runs, plus taking 79 wickets.

He made his Test debut for England against New Zealand in 1958, accomplishing the very rare feat of scoring a century in his maiden innings.

But he was not a great success in subsequent Tests, never getting past 36.

He always loved playing cricket, and had reached the grand old age of 46 when he retired and took up a full-time job as a postman. Now 69, he lives in Bristol, where he can often be seen at the county ground.

Alex Picker,

Wicket Maiden Monthly, (is this right?)

Nottingham.

Did the RAF use colour-blind people as special observers in World War II?

WE HAVE a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Pathfinders - the highly trained observers and aircrew who marked the bomb sites with flares for the following bomber aircraft - and we have been asked this question many times by our visitors.

The RAF recognised three standards of colour vision: `normal', `colour defective safe' and `colour defective unsafe'.

`Safe' was where a person saw pale green as white, or orange as yellow, while seeing normally for all red and green tints.

Air Ministry Order A.746 of 1942 laid down medical standards for several aircrew categories, including sub-categories of navigator (previously known as observers).

`Normal' or `colour defective safe' was required for all categories except that of Navigator (radio).

Ann Cockerton,

RAF Museum, Hendon.

Why did French soldiers nickname Napoleon `Father Violet'?

FURTHER to the earlier answer, it was the violets not of Elba, his island of exile, but of Paris which Napoleon promised to see blooming on his return to France.

After his defeat at Leipzig in October 1813, the Allies of Russia, Prussia, Austria, Sweden and Britain wrote off `Boney' as a serious threat as they advanced into France.

Yet he defeated the superior Allied forces time and again, until he was forced to abdicate on April 6, 1814, because of the treachery of Talleyrand and his marshals.

Before he left for Elba, Napoleon bade a tearful farewell to his Old Guard at Fontainebleau, where the palace courtyard is still known at the Court of Farewells. …