Emanuel Vincent provides the first example of the strict rules that governed teams in the 1820s.

The Nottingham Review of August 1827 comments: 'Vincent, a very clever cricket player who distinguished himself last summer in two matches between Sheffield and Leicester, is barred playing in the two matches now pending between Sheffield and Nottingham, though having lived here (Nottingham) some time.'

Vincent was born in Sheffield in 1798 and was a scissorsmith by trade. He played for Sheffield from 1822. In 1828 he was allowed to represent Nottingham and played in seven games for the Club until 1832.

He then returned to Sheffield, his final game for his native town was in 1846. He died in 1860.