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The Angus Brothers - Hordle's Young Tennis Champions!

Ian and Howard Angus were budding tennis stars in their youth - we caught up with them at our Hordle House reunion.
Howard and Ian talking to our photographer at the last reunion event
Howard and Ian talking to our photographer at the last reunion event
At the 90th Anniversary Celebration of Hordle House last summer, we were delighted to meet Ian and Howard Angus.

As was customary back in their day, they were known as 'Angus ma' and 'Angus mi'  (major and minor) throughout their time at Hordle.

We took a little time to delve into our school archive to see what we could find about the Angus brothers... and according to school magazines they were fine young sportsmen, with real potential at tennis.  We asked them if they continued their sporting endeavours beyond their time at Hordle House and how their careers evolved:

Ian Angus (Angus ma)

"My tennis career stopped when I left H.H: at 5’4” there was not much hope, so I turned to cricket!  I played various sports at school (Harrow) and university (Trinity, Dublin) and was Suffolk Squash Champion 1969-’74 – End of story!  I was, however, involved in running the Prep. Schools Squash Tournament for almost 30 years and my love of sport was an important reason for becoming a prep school master – a decision I never regretted." 

In fact Ian dedicated his working life to education, including 25 years as teacher and Head of Orwell Park School, Suffolk.  After that he was Joint Head, together with his wife, Margaret, of two schools: Windlesham House School in West Sussex and Queen Mary's School in Yorkshire.  He has also been an OFSTED and Independent Schools inspector,  a governor of four schools, a trustee for several trusts and, together with a boy he once taught, a director of a laundry!

He has two grown-up sons and now says his main interest is reducing his golf handicap to single figures.

Howard Angus (Angus mi)

Howard very much progressed his passion for tennis and ultimately became both the World Rackets Champion from 1973-1975 and the World Champion Real Tennis from 1976-1981. Here's a list of his sporting achievements:
   Winchester 1st Pair 1960/61/62
   Cambridge Blue 1964 1965, Capt. 1965
   Schools Under 16 Champion 1959
   Schools Senior Champion (Foster Cup) 1962
   Cambridge Half Blue 1965 1966, Capt. 1966
   British Amateur Champion 1972-75   US Amateur Champion 1973
   British Open Champion 1971-76, 1978
   World Champion 1973-75
Real Tennis:-
   Cambridge Half Blue 1964 1965 1966 Capt. 1966
   Amateur Champion 1966-1981 1983  US Amateur Champion 1973
   British Open Champion 1971-79
   World Champion 1976-81
Pro at Rackets (Haileybury School 1996-2002)
Pro at Real Tennis (Head Pro at Queen’s Club, London 2002-20013)

Howard is now heavily involved with the development of ball manufacture and lighting for both rackets and real tennis.  He also had a successful career in industry, before becoming a rackets professional.  For more details you can also read the Sporting Blog about Howard Angus MBE

We have recently checked all the 1950s Hordelians against the alumni database and unfortunately the brothers are two of just seven people we are in contact with from Hordle House from this decade. If you know anyone who went to Hordle House during the 1950s, please ask them to go to and join the alumni community today.

Thank you!


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