Fred Perry's 1936 v Andy Murray's 2013

Andy Murray has become the first British man to win the Wimbledon men's singles title in 77 years. The 26-year-old Scot follows Fred Perry, the last man to score a home win and hold the SW19 trophy aloft.

But the game of tennis and the country have changed a great deal since Perry took the title for Britain back in 1936. How do the players, the fans and the two eras compare?

Fred Perry, Born: 1909, Stockport, Cheshire Height: 6ft (1.8m) Weight: 12 stone Racquet: Wooden Slazenger with 65-sq-in head Serve speed: Not recorded Highest rank: No 1 Wimbledon record: Men’s singles champion three times (1934-36) Wimbledon prize money: Gold medal and £10 prize Career record: Eight grand slams, two pro slams and 10 majors. Andy Murray, Born: 1987, Dunblane, Scotland Height: 6ft 3in (1.91m) Weight: 13 stone 2lbs Racquet: Innegra/carbon fibre Head with 98-sq-in head Serve speed: 137mph (Wimbledon 2013) Highest rank: No 2 Wimbledon record: Men’s singles champion 2013 Wimbledon prize money: £1.6m Career record: US Open champion in 2012, gold at the London 2012 Olympics

Source: Wimbledon, Lawn Tennis Association, BBC Sport

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Perry and Murray are both right-handers and, like Murray, Perry won his last Wimbledon title in straight sets.

But unlike Murray's 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 three-hour battle against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Perry's 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Germany's Baron Gottfried von Cramm took only 40 minutes.

The fans
Wimbledon queues

In 1936 Wimbledon's Centre Court held a capacity crowd of 9,989 seated and 3,600 standing. Some 77 years later - after various modifications, including the addition of the roof in 2009 - seated capacity has reached about 15,000.

However, the size of the Royal Box has not changed - it still seats 74 on dark green Lloyd loom wicker chairs. Despite this, the tradition of bowing to the Royal Box came to an end in 2003.

Since the 1920s, tickets for Wimbledon have been available through a public ballot and fans have also been able to queue for tickets on the day. Many camp out overnight to be sure of their place.

Radios in 1936 and the BBC Sport app in 2013

Back in 1936, tennis fans not at Wimbledon could have listened to reports on the radio. The championship was first broadcast on the "wireless" in 1927, but then on TV for the first time a decade later in 1937.

Many people would have gathered together with friends as a radio was still regarded as a luxury for a large number of households.

In 1936 the very cheapest radio set would have cost the equivalent of about £350, however others were much more. A Marconi set featured in the Radio Times in 1936 cost 36 guineas - more than £1,900 in today's prices.

Meanwhile, in 2013 fans could keep up to date with the action on BBC radio, TV and online, such as with the BBC Sport app.

Big screens were also available at outdoor locations around the country - but many more watched the game at home on television. Some 17.3m viewers tuned into Sunday's men's final - some 79% of the entire TV audience. More than 1m also watched on tablets.

The country
Billie Holiday and Emeli Sande

Aside from the tennis - what else might people in 1936 have been listening to?

American jazz singer Billie Holiday's version of Summertime was released in 1936 and was top of US billboard's European chart in that year. The song was written by George Gershwin for the 1935 musical Porgy and Bess.

Other popular artists and songs in 1936 included Fred Astaire with "The Way you Look Tonight" and Bing Crosby's "Pennies from Heaven".

In 2013 singer songwriter Emeli Sande won a Brit award for best female artist. Her best-selling album "Our Version of Events" was released in 2012.

Life for the average Briton was very different back in 1936.

Cost of living

Source: ONS, Wimbledon



Loaf of bread

11d (4.5p)


Average home



Centre Court ticket

10s 6d (55p)


The country was also braced for royal controversy.

The then King, Edward VIII, was about to abdicate the throne - after one of the shortest reigns in British history - to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. He was succeeded by his younger brother, who became George VI and father to Elizabeth, who last year celebrated 60 years on the throne - one of the longest reigns in British history.

Edward VIII and the Queen.

In politics, Stanley Baldwin headed a coalition National Government of Labour, Conservative and Liberal MPs as the country faced economic uncertainty and mass unemployment.

And in Europe, Germany had just reoccupied the Rhineland - signalling the aggression that would lead to the outbreak of World War II.

Aside from Perry's Wimbledon triumph in 1936, the biggest sporting event of the year was the Berlin Olympics, where American Jesse Owens took four gold medals - and athletes were encouraged to salute Hitler.

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