One of the most accomplished batsmen in the history of Surrey cricket, let alone Mitcham, Andy Sandham was born in Streatham in 1890. Over his 1st class career he scored over 40,000 runs at an average of 44.82. He played 14 tests for England, with a top score of 325. He passed 2,000 runs in a season on 8 occasions.
Sandham originally played for Streatham United, but joined Mitcham aged 18. He was a regular in the 1st XI for a couple of years, joining Surrey as a professional in 1910. He was still able to play for Mitcham on Saturdays and proceeded to score centuries in 4 consecutive matches.
The perfect foil for Jack Hobbs as Surrey opener - they put on a hundred for the 1st wicket on 66 occasions - the pair never played together for England. The emergence of Herbert Sutcliffe restricted Sandham's England opportunities.
Nevertheless, he played against the West Indies in the Caribbean in 1929-30, scoring an impressive 592 runs in the series. This included the first triple century in a Test match, 325 out of England's first innings 849 in the fourth test at Kingston.
He made his hundredth 1st class century for Surrey against Hampshire in 1935, and continued playing another 2 years. After the war, he took up a position as coach with Surrey, and later scorer, and so reached 60 years of service with the county.
Andy Sandham retained his links with Mitcham throughout his life, playing in many of the "special" games on the Green, and in later years as a Vice President and as a judge for the annual Memorial awards.
He attended the Centenary Test as a guest in 1980, but died 2 years later at the age of 91, his 325 bat a special memento in the corner of his room at home near Lords.
He is remembered for his quick running and touch play, and his service to Surrey cricket.