take hat off to

I'll take my hat off to you

In 1884 Richard Barlow, playing for the North of England versus the Australians, faced the famous demon bowler Fred Spofforth who predicted the opposition would be out for 60 runs. Barlow scored a century, took 10 Australian wickets and was cheered from the field. Billy Murdoch, the Australian captain, was so impressed with Barlow’s skills that he took off his Baggy green cap and presented it to the Lancastrian. The story was headlined in the Manchester press and the creation of the well-known saying "I'll take my hat off to you’’ originates from the cap presented to Barlow.

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