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A Small Riot... Bolton CC v. Wigan CC, 1884
  • A Small Riot... Bolton CC v. Wigan CC, 1884
  • A Small Riot... Bolton CC v. Wigan CC, 1884

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Significant 19th-century Cricket Matches in Bolton

Bolton CC v. Wigan CC

Green Lane, Great Lever, Bolton Saturday, 5 July 1884

K Martin Tebay

Published on 12 November 2020 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(4) + 11 + (1) pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

The third in a series of cricketing monographs that concentrate on significant cricket matches played in the author’s hometown of Bolton during the 19th-century, this publication recalls an infamous encounter between two of Lancashire’s premier cricket clubs in Victorian times. One in which a combination of awful weather, partisan umpiring, unruly behaviour, and unseemly bad language from a section of the home crowd, not to mention allegations of betting, contributed to a most unsavoury spectacle.

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Alec Watson
  • Alec Watson
  • Alec Watson
  • Alec Watson

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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number six.

Alec Watson

First bowler to take a hat-trick for Lancashire in first-class cricket

K Martin Tebay

Published on 10 September 2020 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The sixth in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls a match played at Sparth Bottoms, Rochdale, home of Castleton Cricket Club. The county fixture between Lancashire and Kent, the only first-class match ever played on the ground, took place on 15, 16, 17 June 1876. The two famed Lancashire professional bowlers, Will McIntyre and Alec Watson featured strongly, with the latter taking a hat-trick in Kent’s second innings, the first occasion on which the feat had been performed by a Lancashire bowler in first-class cricket.

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An ill-fated tour. Rajputana Cricket Club in England 1938.
  • An ill-fated tour. Rajputana Cricket Club in England 1938.
  • An ill-fated tour. Rajputana Cricket Club in England 1938.

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An ill-fated tour

Rajputana Cricket Club in England 1938

Gerry Wolstenholme

Privately produced in 2014

A4, 14 pages illustrated, neatly presented in a soft plastic folder, as issued.

Limited edition number 6 of 10 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

‘The first recorded cricket in Rajputana was played between Mayo College and the Government College at Ajmer, a major city directly administered by the British Raj, in 1887... The furore over the cancellation of the Rajputana tour must have simmered for some time and the Board became unpopular with the public. Eventually De Mello appreciated this situation and he relented and allowed the tour to proceed in May and June 1938, with the backing of the Board, who, however, did very little to guarantee its success.’

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In Remembrance of Brian Peterson: Blackpool Football Club 1956-57 / 1961-62.
  • In Remembrance of Brian Peterson: Blackpool Football Club 1956-57 / 1961-62.
  • In Remembrance of Brian Peterson: Blackpool Football Club 1956-57 / 1961-62.

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In Remembrance of Brian Peterson: Blackpool Football Club 1956-57 / 1961-62

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire, 2020

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 16 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

It isn’t every young footballer that can claim to have been spotted and recommended by Stan Matthews but that is exactly what happened to young Brian Peterson. Stan was playing exhibition football in South Africa and when he encountered a Natal Province representative side he spotted this young and talented ball player at inside right for the opposition. After the game Stan approached him and asked if he was interested in pursuing a professional football career in England. When he said that he was, Stan said that he would put in a good word with Blackpool manager Joe Smith. And Peterson was happy with that for he already had a friend in the Blackpool camp in fellow South African Bill Perry. It all happened as Stan planned and Peterson flew over to England to join Blackpool where he spent six seasons, playing over 100 League games in the top flight. Sadly he died on 21 September 2020 and this book is a tribute to his talent.

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JT. First man to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at Old Trafford.
  • JT. First man to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at Old Trafford.
  • JT. First man to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at Old Trafford.
  • JT. First man to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at Old Trafford.

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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number seven.

JT

John Tommy Tyldesley: First man to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at Old Trafford.

K Martin Tebay

Published by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire, 2020

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The seventh in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls the first-class match played at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 13, 14, 15 June 1910. The county championship encounter between Lancashire and Hampshire saw John Tommy Tyldesley score two separate hundreds in the match, the first occasion on which any batsman had achieved that rare distinction on the Old Trafford ground.

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From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter. The Life of JOC Orton.
  • From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter. The Life of JOC Orton.
  • From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter. The Life of JOC Orton.
  • From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter. The Life of JOC Orton.
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From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter

The Life of JOC Orton

Stephen Musk and Mike Davage

Published by Red Rose Books, 2020

Original A5 blue card covers.

iv + 44 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by Stephen Musk and Mike Davage.

John Overton Cone “JOC” Orton was a talented all-round sportsman, representing Norfolk at cricket, hockey, and rugby. But it is deeds away from the sports field for which he deserves to be remembered. During the Great War he was an aviator and was the first man to have the idea of dropping supplies to a friendly force being besieged by enemy combatants. After he returned to civilian life in 1925, he became a talented scriptwriter and spent the next 20 years playing a highly influential role in the British cinema industry. He worked with many of the outstanding film stars of the time, including Will Hay, Alistair Sim, Arthur Askey, and the Crazy Gang. The highlight of JOC’s career was co-writing the script for the hilarious Oh, Mr Porter! which starred Will Hay. In 1935-1936 he visited Australia, where he wrote the script for the film The Flying Doctor. In this he included a cameo for Don Bradman in what was the great batsman’s sole acting role.

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The All-India Cricket Tourists 1911
  • The All-India Cricket Tourists 1911

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'They are not going to set the Thames on fire ...'

The All-India Cricket Tourists 1911

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published in 2012 by Red Rose Books. ISBN 9780957354029

Original decorative card wrappers. iv + 44 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed & numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

'Organised cricket was relatively slow to develop on the Indian sub-continent but by 1886 a Parsees side was touring England., albeit winning only one of its 28 games. They toured again in 1888, this time winning eight of their matches, and these visits were followed by English sides touring India in 1889/90, 1892/93 and 1902/03. Thereafter there were two abortive attempts for an Indian side to tour England again but in 1910 plans were put in place for a full tour of an All-India side in 1911...'

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“Here and Hereafter” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Spiritualism, Winter Gardens, Blackpool 20 January 1920
  • “Here and Hereafter” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Spiritualism, Winter Gardens, Blackpool 20 January 1920
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“Here and Hereafter” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Spiritualism, Winter Gardens, Blackpool 20 January 1920

Privately produced in 2009

A4, (11) pages illustrated, neatly presented in a soft plastic folder, as issued.

Limited edition number 6 of 10 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

“… but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was not in the town to talk about his great fictional detective, he was present to talk about a cause much closer to his heart, Spiritualism”.

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The West Indian tour of England, 1906.
  • The West Indian tour of England, 1906.
  • The West Indian tour of England, 1906.
  • The West Indian tour of England, 1906.

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The West Indian tour of England, 1906.

Gerry Wolstenholme

Decorations by Deborah Wolstenholme

Privately published by the Author, 1994

Original A5 decorative card wrappers.

40 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition number 89 of 500 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

Minor wear, no inscription, overall a very good copy.

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From Peak to ‘Pool.  A short history of Lancashire v. Derbyshire matches at Blackpool
  • From Peak to ‘Pool.  A short history of Lancashire v. Derbyshire matches at Blackpool
  • From Peak to ‘Pool.  A short history of Lancashire v. Derbyshire matches at Blackpool
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From Peak to ‘Pool.

A short history of Lancashire v. Derbyshire matches at Blackpool

Gerry Wolstenholme

Foreword by Kenneth Cranston

Privately published by the Author, 1994

Original A5 decorative card wrappers.

40 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition number 168 of 204 copies, signed by Gerry Wolstenholme.

Minor wear, no inscription, staples rusty, overall a good copy.

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Australian Red Roses
  • Australian Red Roses
  • Australian Red Roses
  • Australian Red Roses

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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number five.

Australian Red Roses

Lancashire's record ninth-wicket partnership: Les Poidevin and Alec Kermode

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2020 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The fifth in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls the match played at The Saffrons ground, Eastbourne, between Sussex and Lancashire on 11, 12, 13 July 1907. The county championship match saw Les Poidevin (128*) and Alec Kermode (52), Australians both, add a record 142 for the ninth-wicket in Lancashire’s first innings, a partnership record that, surprisingly, still stands over a century later.

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Hats Off to Dean! Lancashire's record bowling figures.
  • Hats Off to Dean! Lancashire's record bowling figures.
  • Hats Off to Dean! Lancashire's record bowling figures.
  • Hats Off to Dean! Lancashire's record bowling figures.
  • Hats Off to Dean! Lancashire's record bowling figures.

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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number four.

Hats Off to Dean! Lancashire's record bowling figure

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2020 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The fourth in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls the match at Aigburth, Liverpool, between Lancashire and Yorkshire on 10, 11, 12 July 1913. The non-championship first class match, arranged to coincide with the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Liverpool, saw Burnley-born Lancashire professional Harry Dean take 17-91, despite him being embarrassingly absent from the ground when play started. They remain Lancashire’s record bowling figures, the best in Roses history and are the best recorded by any bowler against Yorkshire in first-class cricket.

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Archie and Reggie go wild at Aigburth
  • Archie and Reggie go wild at Aigburth
  • Archie and Reggie go wild at Aigburth
  • Archie and Reggie go wild at Aigburth
  • Archie and Reggie go wild at Aigburth

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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number three.

Archie and Reggie go wild at Aigburth Lancashire's record opening partnership

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2020 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The third in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls the county championship match at Aigburth, Liverpool, between Lancashire and Gloucestershire on 30, 31 July and 1 August 1903. The opening day’s play featured a first-wicket stand of 368 by AC MacLaren (204) and RH Spooner (157), a partnership record that still stands to this day.

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Reggie Spooner. The first Roses double-century
  • Reggie Spooner. The first Roses double-century
  • Reggie Spooner. The first Roses double-century
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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number two.

Reggie Spooner The first Roses double-century

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2020 by Red Rose Books, Cumbria

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The second in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls the county championship encounter between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 1, 2, 3 August 1910. Jack Sharp’s benefit match, it featured an unbeaten 200 by Reggie Spooner, the first double century in Roses cricket match history. The monograph details Spooner’s record innings, still the highest individual score made by a Lancashire batsman against Yorkshire at Old Trafford, while the discovery of an anonymous piece of Edwardian cricket doggerel relating to the innings gives added flavour to the occasion.

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John Tommy Tyldesley. His highest score in first-class cricket ...
  • John Tommy Tyldesley. His highest score in first-class cricket ...
  • John Tommy Tyldesley. His highest score in first-class cricket ...
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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number one.

John Tommy Tyldesley His highest score in first-class cricket … and a bumper benefit to boot!

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2020 by Red Rose Books, Cumbria

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The first in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, the publication recalls the opening day’s play in the Lancashire v. Kent county championship match at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 7 June 1906. The Whit-week fixture, in which Kent’s Frank Woolley made his debut in first-class cricket, saw Lancashire’s John Tommy Tyldesley make the highest score of his illustrious career. Giving due regard to Tyldesley’s record innings, the monograph further notes his well deserved bumper benefit, one which would remain the record for the county for over 40 years.

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Ralph Whitehead: Double Sensation in a Single Day ... 1908
  • Ralph Whitehead: Double Sensation in a Single Day ... 1908
  • Ralph Whitehead: Double Sensation in a Single Day ... 1908
  • Ralph Whitehead: Double Sensation in a Single Day ... 1908
  • Ralph Whitehead: Double Sensation in a Single Day ... 1908

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Monographs on Lancashire Cricket: Number 10

Ralph Whitehead: Double Sensation in a Single Day

Lancashire CCC v Nottinghamshire CCC 29, 30 June, 1 July 1908 at Old Trafford, Manchester

K Martin Tebay

Published by Red Rose Books, Cumbria, November 2019

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 36 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

The publication features a fulsome account of the 1908 county championship match in which Lancashire’s 24-year-old all-rounder Ralph Whitehead, following in the footsteps of Jim Ricketts and Archie MacLaren, scored a century on his first-class debut for the county. The first Lancashire cricketer to achieve this rare feat at Old Trafford, his subsequent no balling for “throwing” later in the same match ensured that his was a somewhat dramatic début. The booklet draws extensively on various reports and interviews in contemporary newspapers and cricket periodicals, including comments from the respective captains of the Lancashire and Nottinghamshire elevens and the umpire at the centre of the throwing controversy. Thankfully, Whitehead overcame the unwarranted suspicions regarding the legitimacy of his bowling action and would go on to enjoy seven successful seasons for Lancashire, scoring over 2,500 runs and taking 300 wickets. Whitehead’s lengthy career as a respected cricket professional and coach in leagues in and around the north of England is also recorded.

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"Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt

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"Mr. Scorer" Lunt

Samuel Lunt Official scorer, Lancashire CCC 1887 - 1911

K Martin Tebay

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

Samuel Lunt was an unsung hero of Lancashire cricket. His continued presence in the scorebox over a period of 25 years earned him the sobriquet of “Mr. Scorer” and he was verily Lancashire’s own “bearded wonder” (with apologies to the late Bill Frindall). He scored over 600 county matches between 1887 and 1911, never missing a game in that time. He was born in Bolton in 1834 but very little is known about his life outside cricket. My extensive research puts some flesh on the bones of a man who deserves some recognition for his contribution to Lancashire cricket, the scoring of which enabled him not only to see many of the early greats but also see many of them achieve extraordinary performances. I have, therefore, endeavoured to paint a picture of this significant cricketing personality, who died, aged 79, in Moss Side, Manchester.

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Phoenix from the Ashes: The Rise and Rise of Blackpool Football Club 1887 - 1888.
  • Phoenix from the Ashes: The Rise and Rise of Blackpool Football Club 1887 - 1888.
  • Phoenix from the Ashes: The Rise and Rise of Blackpool Football Club 1887 - 1888.
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Phoenix from the Ashes: The Rise and Rise of Blackpool Football Club 1887 - 1888

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published in December, 2019 by Red Rose Books, Cumbria

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 40 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

A cry for Victorian Blackpool Football Club’s supporters was always ‘Play Up Blackpool’ but that cry died on their lips after one game of the 1886/87 season. Unfortunately the club folded after that game and left bitter rivals South Shore FC as the senior club on the Fylde Coast. This was a bitter pill to swallow for the diehard Blackpool Football Club supporters and as the season progressed their resentment at the death of their beloved club festered. As a consequence, once the season was over, moves were afoot to reform the town team. As many of the players had moved to the Blackpool St John’s club, it followed that the discussions to reform a town team would take place in the St John’s schoolroom. Unfortunately things did not go well for Blackpool Football Club supporters as the president of St John’s refused to have his club lose its denominational title. Blackpool supporters therefore moved to the adjacent Stanley Arms and resumed discussions without interference. As a result the 1887/88 season saw a newly formed Blackpool Football Club competing once again. And what sort of season was it? Phoenix from the Ashes answers that question!

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Harry’s Mission. The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
  • Harry’s Mission. The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
  • Harry’s Mission. The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
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Harry’s Mission

The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874

K Martin Tebay

Foreword by Mark Leopard

Published 29 June 2019 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 blue card wrappers.

(iv) + 32 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

This latest Red Rose Books publication recalls a brief, long-forgotten tour of the British Isles in 1874 by Boston Red Stockings and Athletics of Philadelphia baseball players. The visit was the idea of the Sheffield born Red Stockings manager and player William Henry Wright (pictured), more familiarly known as Harry, who wished to promote the game of baseball in his native country. The tourists played “odds” cricket matches and baseball games at Lord’s, Kennington Oval, Bramall Lane, and Old Trafford, before ending their tour in Dublin against XII of All-Ireland. The booklet principally features the two-day cricket match at Old Trafford on 20, 21 August between a Manchester Cricket Club and Ground XI and XVIII American Baseball Players. An exhibition game of baseball also took place, which saw six cricketers from the Manchester club take to the baseball diamond, including Rossall educated EB Rowley, Fred Reynolds, Harry Thornber, and Alec Watson. It is published to coincide with the visit of the famed New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox baseball clubs to play two regular season Major League Baseball games at London Stadium on 29, 30 June 2019.

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George Headley assists Lancashire County
  • George Headley assists Lancashire County
  • George Headley assists Lancashire County
  • George Headley assists Lancashire County

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George Headley assists Lancashire County

Dalton Cricket Club Jubilee 1934

Dalton & District XI v. TA Higson's Lancashire County XI

K Martin Tebay

Published on 31 January 2019 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(4) + 8 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 56 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

This publication is an account of a cricket match which took place in Dalton in Furness on 30 August 1934, to celebrate the jubilee of Dalton Cricket Club. It first came to the author’s attention thanks to the purchase of a postcard relating to the match and the realisation that seated on the front row, alongside many noted Lancashire County cricketers, was the conspicuous figure of the renowned batsman George Headley. His fellow West Indian Learie Constantine was originally due to have taken part in the match but he was unavoidably absent; he was the club professional at Nelson in the Lancashire League and they were due to play against East Lancashire in a timeless, single innings Worsley Cup Final match, and one of the day’s play clashed with the match at Dalton. Headley, who was himself engaged as professional at Haslingden in the Lancashire League, duly took Constantine’s place in TA Higson’s Lancashire County XI.

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