Hardback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Hardback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Hardback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Hardback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Hardback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
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Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published on 28 October 2021 - now in stock.

Original A5 pictorial hardback.

(iv) + 176 pages, illustrated.

Overall limited edition of 100 copies

The first 19 copies issued as a hardback edition, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

Under the banner of their “Pinnace” navy cut cigarettes, the Godfrey Phillips tobacco company began issuing real photograph cigarette cards of association footballers in 1920. Over approximately four years there were over 4,000 cards issued and they included 18 players who appeared for Blackpool Football Club between 1920 and 1923, plus a team group of the 1920/21 side (illustrated). Those players form an integral part of the history of the club and, 100 years on, it is fitting for them and their exploits to be remembered. This well illustrated book on the “Pinnace” boys has extensive pen portraits of each of the 18 players, together with a comprehensive account of the three roller-coaster seasons, 1920/21 to 1922/23, during which the cards were issued.

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Softback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Softback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Softback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Softback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
  • Softback LE - Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips by Gerry Wolstenholme.
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Blackpool FC players of the 1920s as depicted on the “Pinnace” cards of Godfrey Phillips

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published on 28 October 2021 - now in stock.

Original A5 pictorial wrappers.

(iv) + 176 pages, illustrated.

Overall limited edition of 100 copies

The first 19 copies issued as a hardback edition, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

Under the banner of their “Pinnace” navy cut cigarettes, the Godfrey Phillips tobacco company began issuing real photograph cigarette cards of association footballers in 1920. Over approximately four years there were over 4,000 cards issued and they included 18 players who appeared for Blackpool Football Club between 1920 and 1923, plus a team group of the 1920/21 side (illustrated). Those players form an integral part of the history of the club and, 100 years on, it is fitting for them and their exploits to be remembered. This well illustrated book on the “Pinnace” boys has extensive pen portraits of each of the 18 players, together with a comprehensive account of the three roller-coaster seasons, 1920/21 to 1922/23, during which the cards were issued.

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First and Foremost a Cricketer: The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Hardback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer: The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Hardback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer: The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Hardback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer: The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Hardback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer: The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Hardback edition.
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First and Foremost a Cricketer:

The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin

Max Bonnell

Original A5 pictorial hardback c/w red ribbon marker.

(iv) + 96 pages, illustrated.

Published on 23 September 2021 by Red Rose Books

Overall limited edition of 125 copies

The first 14 copies issued as a hardback edition, this being the number of centuries scored by Leslie Poidevin in first-class cricket.

Leslie Poidevin’s life was frustratingly full of near misses. He would have been - but for injury - a Test cricketer and he would have been - but for an administrative bungle - an Olympian. But his achievements were substantial enough - he appeared in Davis Cup tennis and a Wimbledon semi-final, won the Sheffield Shield with New South Wales and the County Championship with Lancashire, besides qualifying as a doctor and becoming an influential journalist. ‘First and Foremost a Cricketer’ tells the story of a full, yet strangely restless, life.

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First and Foremost a Cricketer:  The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Softback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer:  The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Softback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer:  The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Softback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer:  The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Softback edition.
  • First and Foremost a Cricketer:  The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin by Max Bonnell. Softback edition.
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First and Foremost a Cricketer:

The Life of Dr Leslie Poidevin

Max Bonnell

Original A5 pictorial card covers.

(iv) + 96 pages, illustrated.

Published on 23 September 2021 by Red Rose Books

Overall limited edition of 125 copies

The first 14 copies issued as a hardback edition, this being the number of centuries scored by Leslie Poidevin in first-class cricket.

Leslie Poidevin’s life was frustratingly full of near misses. He would have been - but for injury - a Test cricketer and he would have been - but for an administrative bungle - an Olympian. But his achievements were substantial enough - he appeared in Davis Cup tennis and a Wimbledon semi-final, won the Sheffield Shield with New South Wales and the County Championship with Lancashire, besides qualifying as a doctor and becoming an influential journalist. ‘First and Foremost a Cricketer’ tells the story of a full, yet strangely restless, life.

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County Players at Furness
  • County Players at Furness
  • County Players at Furness
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Lancashire CCC postcard monographs: number two

County Players at Furness

K Martin Tebay

To be published on 19 August 2021 by Red Rose Books, Blackpool, Lancashire

Original A5 card wrappers, new.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

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

County Players in Furness, the second in an occasional series of Lancashire CCC postcard monographs, recalls the time two 20-year-old University-educated amateurs, KS Duleepsinhji and ERT Holmes, played for a Lancashire County XI which included Jack Iddon, Ted McDonald, and Frank Watson. The match was organised to celebrate the opening of a new cricket pavilion at the ground of Dalton Cricket Club in Cumberland, and the booklet features a short account of the day’s events, during which Duleepsinhji scored an unbeaten 70 and the legendary Australian fast bowler McDonald took 7/55.

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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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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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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.
  • 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, this being an unnumbered, out-of-series copy 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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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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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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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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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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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
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  • "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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Bolton Club and Ground XI v. Nottingham Commercial XI
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Significant 19th-century Cricket Matches in Bolton

Bolton Club and Ground XI v. Nottingham Commercial XI

Back-o'th'-Bank cricket ground on 23, 24 May 1873

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2018 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 second in a series of cricketing monographs on significant 19th-century cricket matches played in Bolton, When Arthur met “Mac” is an account of the “Grand Cricket Match” that took place between a Bolton Club and Ground XI and a Nottingham Commercial XI at the Back o’th’-Bank cricket ground on 23, 24 May 1873. On opposing sides were two Nottinghamshire-born cricketers, one famous, the other soon to be famous. One the renowned Lancashire County and Bolton Cricket Club fast bowler Will McIntyre, often referred to by the cricketing folk of Bolton and its surrounding districts as “McIntyre the Famous,” or, more prosaically, “Mac,” the other a young batsman named Arthur Shrewsbury. McIntyre would dismiss Shrewsbury in both innings - but not before the 17 year old had made a favourable impression.

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United North of England XI v. Sixteen Lancashire Residents
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Significant 19th-century Cricket Matches in Bolton

United North of England XI v. Sixteen Lancashire Residents

Back-o'th'-Bank cricket ground on 14, 15, 16 July 1870

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2018 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 “Grand Cricket Match at Bolton” took place at the Back-o’th’-Bank ground between the United North of England Eleven and Sixteen Lancashire Residents. In the weeks leading up to the match various improvements had been made to the ground. These improvements, together with fine weather and the appearance of two Regimental Bands, ensured that the event was an unqualified success. This, despite some early difficulties arising from the non appearance of several notable cricketers who had been expected to play. Notwithstanding a serious injury to one of the professional cricketers, the quality of the cricket during the three-day match was well-received by the cricket-loving patrons of Bolton. It featured as it did a century, and three half-centuries, one of which was obtained by the host cricket club’s senior professional Will McIntyre, who also took nine wickets in the match.

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