Cricketer "Silver Billy" Beldham (1766–1862) was born on the outskirts of town, in Wrecclesham. He played in Farnham Cricket Club's first match, against Odiham, when he was 16 years old. By the age of 21 he was widely recognised as the best batsman in England. Graham Thorpe (1969– ) England cricket captain, was born in Farnham and played at the Farnham cricket ground.
Mike Hawthorn (1929–1959), driving for Ferrari, became the first British Formula One World Champion in 1958. His family moved to Farnham when he was two years old, so his father could be near to Brooklands race track.
Jonny Wilkinson (1979– ) England's world-cup-winning kicker and former captain, and England scrum half Peter Richards (1978– ) were not born in Farnham but both played for Farnham Rugby Football Club at mini level.
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