A Rare Finish to a Great Game
  • A Rare Finish to a Great Game
  • A Rare Finish to a Great Game
  • A Rare Finish to a Great Game
  • A Rare Finish to a Great Game
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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number nine.

A Rare Finish to a Great Game

Lancashire's first tied match in first-class cricket

K Martin Tebay

Published by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire, 2021

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

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

‘A Rare Finish to a Great Game’, the ninth in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs, recalls the match played at Kennington Oval on 16, 17, 18 August 1894. The rain-affected county championship encounter between Surrey and Lancashire ended in one of the more uncommon of cricket results - a tie. It was Lancashire’s first tied match in first class cricket and the county has since been involved in only three more such matches throughout its illustrious first-class cricketing history.

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One of Ten ... a history and a bibliography
  • One of Ten ... a history and a bibliography
  • One of Ten ... a history and a bibliography
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One of Ten

a history and a bibliography

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published by Red Rose Books, 2021

Original A5 pictorial card wrappers.

(iv) + 72 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 35 copies, signed by Gerry Wolstenholme; the first 10 copies issued as a hardback edition.

When Gerry Wolstenholme wrote a poem on a cricket match that he had witnessed in 2006 he did not realise what a long and winding road he was embarking upon. Fifteen years on and 69 monographs written (so far), he does now! And it was all inadvertently down to a friend of his, the late Irving Rosenwater whose Christmas greetings essays to his friends inspired him to write a cricketing monograph. Encouraged by Martin Tebay of Red Rose Books, he duly did so, in the form of an epic cricket poem. Topped and tailed with suitable title page and limitation page plus a protective cover it was given to Martin to see what response there would be. Fortunately it proved popular so the venture continued with cricket, football, literary and even a personal monograph. One of Ten tells the full story of the publications.

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The Lancashire Cricket Team
  • The Lancashire Cricket Team
  • The Lancashire Cricket Team
  • The Lancashire Cricket Team
  • The Lancashire Cricket Team
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Lancashire CCC postcard monographs: number one

The Lancashire Cricket Team

K Martin Tebay

Published on 4 March 2021 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 8 pages, illustrated.

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

The first in an occasional series of Lancashire CCC postcard monographs, ‘The Lancashire Cricket Team’ solves the mystery surrounding this uncommon cricket postcard. Questions regarding the appearance in the team group of the Surrey and England cricketer Morice Carlos Bird, the date, and the venue are answered. It also features a short account of the opening of the new cricket ground in Heywood, Rochdale, and the long forgotten “Roses” match that followed: Sir Edwin Stockton’s England XI v. Myles Kenyon’s Lancashire County XI.

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A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry LE of 25 hardback copies
  • A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry LE of 25 hardback copies
  • A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry LE of 25 hardback copies
  • A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry LE of 25 hardback copies
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A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry

The International Series Brazil v Argentina 1921/22, 1922 and 1927/28

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published on 18 February 2021 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 pictorial hardback.

(iv) + 48 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed by Gerry Wolstenholme; the first 25 copies issued as a hardback edition.

The discovery of two photograph albums with some rather rare photographs of cricket between Argentina and Brazil was the catalyst for A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry. It focuses on the three series that were played between the two countries between 1921/22 and 1927/28. Nine Tests were played between two teams that consisting solely of expatriate players, one of whom was even a Wisden Cricketer of the Year. The book contains summaries of the Tests together with detailed pen pictures of the players involved and overall gives a snapshot of the state of South American cricket of the period. Nearly 40 photographs, including one or two that show the tourists in relaxed mood away from the cricket field adorn this most unusual and entertaining book.

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A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry
  • A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry
  • A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry
  • A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry
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A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry

The International Series Brazil v Argentina 1921/22, 1922 and 1927/28

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published on 18 February 2021 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 pictorial card wrappers.

(iv) + 48 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed by Gerry Wolstenholme; the first 25 copies issued as a hardback edition.

The discovery of two photograph albums with some rather rare photographs of cricket between Argentina and Brazil was the catalyst for A snapshot of South American cricket rivalry. It focuses on the three series that were played between the two countries between 1921/22 and 1927/28. Nine Tests were played between two teams that consisting solely of expatriate players, one of whom was even a Wisden Cricketer of the Year. The book contains summaries of the Tests together with detailed pen pictures of the players involved and overall gives a snapshot of the state of South American cricket of the period. Nearly 40 photographs, including one or two that show the tourists in relaxed mood away from the cricket field adorn this most unusual and entertaining book.

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Blackpool Finally Conquered ... as Manchester United triumph at Wembley, 1948
  • Blackpool Finally Conquered ... as Manchester United triumph at Wembley, 1948
  • Blackpool Finally Conquered ... as Manchester United triumph at Wembley, 1948
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Blackpool Finally Conquered ... as Manchester United triumph at Wembley, 1948

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published in 2016 by Lions Den Books, Fleetwood

Original decorative wrappers.

136 pages, illustrated.

LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, signed by the author

Writer George Bernard Shaw once asked, “What is a Cup tie?” Blackpool Football Club fans could have been forgiven for asking the same question, for over the years the club’s success in the FA Cup competition had been limited. The club had made very little progress in the competition each year and the fifth round in 1932/33 was the peak of their achievement. And so to 1947/48 when the gods smiled kindly on the Seasiders as they met opposition from lower leagues all the way to the final. This is the story of the dramatic FA Cup run, which ended in glorious defeat by Manchester United at Wembley in a final that is still spoken of as one of the best of all time.

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Great Days in Lancashire Cricket. A Personal Journey.
  • Great Days in Lancashire Cricket. A Personal Journey.
  • Great Days in Lancashire Cricket. A Personal Journey.
  • Great Days in Lancashire Cricket. A Personal Journey.
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Great Days in Lancashire Cricket

A Personal Journey

Stuart Brodkin

Published on 26 November 2020 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 28 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies

This limited edition publication captures the essence of eight great days in Lancashire’s more recent history seen through the eyes of the author who has been following the fortunes of the county through good times and bad for more than 60 years. The writer’s personal stories are interspersed with comments from players and Press. That famous Jack Bond catch in the Gillette Cup Final at Lord’s, bowling out Essex for 20 at Chelmsford and the famous title-clinching day against Somerset at Taunton are among the great days featured. Red Rose players from several eras, including Wasim Akram, Jack Bond, Farokh Engineer, Jack Simmons, Clive Lloyd, Glen Chapple, Neil Fairbrother, Stuart Law, Steven Croft and Dane Vilas, along with some lesser-known names, all have their days in the sun.

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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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Johnny Briggs. First man to score a century and take 10 wickets in a first-class match for Lancashire.
  • Johnny Briggs. First man to score a century and take 10 wickets in a first-class match for Lancashire.
  • Johnny Briggs. First man to score a century and take 10 wickets in a first-class match for Lancashire.
  • Johnny Briggs. First man to score a century and take 10 wickets in a first-class match for Lancashire.
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Red Rose Cricket Records: Number eight.

Johnny Briggs

First man to score a century and take 10 wickets in a first-class match for Lancashire.

K Martin Tebay

Published on 3 December2020 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

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

The eighth in a series of short-run, limited edition monographs recollecting Red Rose cricket records, this publication recalls the county championship match between Lancashire and Sussex at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 30 June, 1, 2 July 1890. The rain-affected match saw Johnny Briggs, Lancashire’s greatest ever all round cricketer, become the first man to score a century and take 10 wickets in a first class match for the county. The feat has only been performed five times in Lancashire county cricket history: by Briggs in 1890, 1892, and 1893; Len Hopwood in 1933; and Mike Watkinson in 1994.

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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.
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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.’

Minor wear, no inscriptions, overall, in very good condition.

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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.
  • 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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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
  • 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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