Barlow took part in the original Ashes test match and is commemorated by the poem pasted on the side of The Ashes urn:
"When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn."
As well as being a famous England cricketer Barlow was also a legendary football referee, refereeing the all-time highest-score F.A. Cup match between Preston North End and Hyde, which Hyde lost by 26 goals, without finding the 'net' once.
This very rare Baines card dates to the late 1880s, or circa 1890, and shows Richard Gorton Barlow, the 1st Ashes match test cricketer for England, a man who became immortalised in the cricket poem, "At Lord's" by Francis Thompson:
- As the run stealers flicker to and fro,
- To and fro:
- O my Hornby and my Barlow long ago!