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NORFOLK’S SPLENDID INNINGS. A Record Score at Lord’s

NORFOLK’S SPLENDID INNINGS. A Record Score at Lord’s

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NORFOLK’S SPLENDID INNINGS A Record Score at Lord’s Stephen Musk Published in August 2017 by Red Rose Books Original A5 card wrappers. (iv) + 28 pages, illustrated. Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Stephen Musk. That Norfolk ran up the huge total of 695 when playing against MCC in July 1885 is relatively familiar to followers of cricket in the late Victorian era. At the time, it was the highest score ever made at Lord’s. Norfolk’s first three batsmen each scored a century and the third wicket did not fall until the total had reached 509. This booklet describes this fascinating match in detail, using contemporary sources, and also places it in the context of the early history of the third Norfolk County Cricket Club, which was less than 10 years old. Whilst this match was being researched, it became clear that the various sources did not agree on every point. In fact, they differed in a large number of ways. These included not only relatively obscure matters such as batting and bowling orders, the number of boundaries hit, and the fall of wickets but also crucial areas such as individual scores of one batsman, the bowling analyses and even the identity of several of the players (two of who were playing under assumed names). The various bones of contention have been taken in turn and, wherever possible, a definitive decision has been reached as to which is likely to be the truthful version. In the light of this experience, the author suggests that uncorroborated match scores from this era should be treated with caution - as ‘best guesses’ rather than as the certain truth.

LANCASHIRE C.C.C. WICKETKEEPERS: The Victorian Era

LANCASHIRE C.C.C. WICKETKEEPERS: The Victorian Era

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LANCASHIRE C.C.C. WICKETKEEPERS: The Victorian Era Roy Cavanagh MBE Published in 2017 by Red Rose Books Original A5 textured red card wrappers. (iv) + 24 pages, illustrated. Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Roy Cavanagh. The first of what will be a series of limited edition booklets chronicling Lancashire County Cricket Club wicketkeepers from the first county match played in 1865 up to the present day, Lancashire C.C.C. Wicketkeepers: The Victorian Era is Roy Cavanagh’s debut innings for Red Rose Books and sees him look back at the early wicketkeepers who have appeared in first-class cricket for the county, more specifically those who kept wicket during the reign of Queen Victoria. In doing so, he has found instances of players not usually associated with the position of wicketkeeper; during the years 1865 to 1901 Lancashire luminaries such as Johnny Briggs, A.N. Hornby, A.G. Paul, E.B. Rowley, E.E. Steel, and Alec Watson, were all at one time or another required to take over the gloves when the regular wicketkeeper was either injured or unwell. Thirty-three wicketkeepers are noted, three of whom need little or no introduction to followers of Lancashire cricket: Richard Pilling, “The Prince of Wicketkeepers”, who died in 1891 at the early age of 35, when he was widely-acknowledged to be the best wicketkeeper in the world at that time; Arthur Kemble, who helped the county recover from Pilling’s untimely loss; and the Yorkshire-born Charles Smith, who, like Pilling, would win the County Championship with Lancashire in this period. UK post free, please e-mail for overseas postage & packing charges.

“MONKEY’S” COUNTRY-HOUSE CRICKET GROUND… 1887
  • “MONKEY’S” COUNTRY-HOUSE CRICKET GROUND… 1887

“MONKEY’S” COUNTRY-HOUSE CRICKET GROUND… 1887

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“Monkey’s” Country-House Cricket Ground

Mr. A. N. Hornby’s XI versus XIV of Church Minshull, Wednesday, 8th June, 1887, at Parkfield House, Nantwich.

K Martin Tebay

Published by Red Rose Books in February, 2017

Original card wrappers.

(4) + 8 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay.

On Wednesday, 8th June, 1887, Mr. A.N. Hornby, captain of Lancashire County and Manchester Cricket Club, opened a new cricket ground at his residence, Parkfield House, in Wellington Road, Nantwich. To celebrate the occasion, he led an eleven, which included several well-known Lancashire County professional cricketers, in an “odds” match against XIV of Church Minshull, which was ‘comprised of several of his old friends of the Church Minshull Cricket Club, with which he was intimately connected during his ten years’ residence in that neighbourhood previous to coming to Nantwich’, and local cricketers from the neighbouring village of Minshull Vernon. Boasting 16 rooms and set in approximately 20 acres of land, Parkfield House was bordered by stables on the one side, which housed Hornby’s ‘prancing hunters’, and by the beautifully rolled and levelled cricket ground on the other, the opening of which is the subject of this monograph.

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‘WORTHY CAUSES BOTH’. Charity Cricket Matches at Eagley. Bolton Cricket League v Lancashire County, 5th September, 1922 & 1923: K. Martin Tebay
  • ‘WORTHY CAUSES BOTH’. Charity Cricket Matches at Eagley. Bolton Cricket League v Lancashire County, 5th September, 1922 & 1923: K. Martin Tebay

‘WORTHY CAUSES BOTH’. Charity Cricket Matches at Eagley. Bolton Cricket League v Lancashire County, 5th September, 1922 & 1923: K. Martin Tebay

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‘WORTHY CAUSES BOTH’.

Charity Cricket Matches at Eagley. Bolton Cricket League v Lancashire County, 5th September, 1922 & 1923

K Martin Tebay

Published by Red Rose Books, 2016

Original A5 textured red card wrappers, new.

iv + 24 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 33 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay.

The visit of a Lancashire County XI to play a Bolton Cricket League XI at the ground of Eagley Cricket Club on 5th September, 1922, was manna from Heaven for the inhabitants of the cotton town. The visiting eleven included the Tottington-born Mr Myles N Kenyon, who had promised in the Spring of 1922 to bring a Lancashire County XI over to Bolton to raise funds for the town’s Schools and Workshops for the Blind, and professionals of the calibre of the “Worsley wonder” John Tommy Tyldesley and his younger brother Ernest, and two of the “Westhoughton Tyldesleys”, Dick and Jimmy. With over 4,000 spectators paying admission the charity match, unsurprisingly, was a great success. However, it was the last occasion that the Lancashire CCC professional cricketer James Darbyshire (Jimmy) Tyldesley, who had learned his trade playing for Westhoughton CC in the Bolton and District Cricket League, would be seen on a cricket field; barely four months later the talented all-rounder died in tragic circumstances in a Bolton nursing home. The sudden death of the popular cricketer came as a great shock to all Lancashire cricket followers and the Bolton and District Cricket League started a fund for the deceased’s widow and family in the Spring of 1923. After corresponding with the Lancashire CCC Committee throughout the summer, a benefit match was duly arranged; coincidentally, it was to take place exactly one year on from the previous match noted, at the same venue, and would feature many of the same players. Thankfully, the second match, too, was a success, and the booklet tells the story of both charity matches played at Eagley and recalls the funeral of Jimmy Tyldesley, attended by the great and the good of Lancashire cricket.

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GEORGE PILCH. ‘His Day in the Sun’: Stephen Musk
  • GEORGE PILCH. ‘His Day in the Sun’: Stephen Musk

GEORGE PILCH. ‘His Day in the Sun’: Stephen Musk

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GEORGE PILCH.

‘His Day in the Sun’

Stephen Musk

Published by Red Rose Books, 2016

Original A5 blue card wrappers, new.

iv + 32 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 88 copies, signed and numbered by Stephen Musk.

‘Old George’ Pilch, the great nephew of the legendary Fuller Pilch, was a talented all-round sportsman, representing the County of Norfolk at soccer, cricket, golf and bowls. In his later days he was a director of Norwich City FC and was a leading force in overseeing the construction of the ground at Carrow Road in a few weeks when their home ground at The Nest was condemned by the FA as unsafe. Pilch played cricket for Norfolk in the Minor Counties over a period of 22 years, from 1899 to 1921, but did very little to justify the selectors’ faith, finishing his career with a bowling average of nearly forty and a batting average of under nine. His bowling, though quick, was unsubtle and his batting depended largely on the ‘hoik’ to deep midwicket - in short he fell short of the standards expected of a regular county player, with his only plus point being his availability to turn out at short notice. And yet Pilch did have one day of utterly joyous triumph. Norfolk’s final match of the 1905 season saw them hosting Cambridgeshire in a match that they needed to win in order to carry off the Minor Counties Championship outright for the first time. On a filthy wicket, Norfolk struggled and, when Pilch went out to bat at number ‘nine’ in their second innings, their lead was a mere forty. Defeat stared them in the face. This book tells how Pilch, having been dropped off his usual ‘hoik’, went on to play the innings of any lifetime, hitting 88 in just 80 minutes, destroying Cambridgeshire’s morale and ensuring that title was Norfolk’s. In order to put this single, almost unbelievable innings in context, Pilch’s career as club and county cricketer is examined in detail and his life as a keen sportsman is recounted.

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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

Just published November 2016 by Lions Den Books, Fleetwood

Original decorative wrappers.

136 pages, illustrated, new.

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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The Cricketing Curate and the Cornstalks

The Cricketing Curate and the Cornstalks

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'The Cricketing Curate and the Cornstalks'

Lancashire County versus The Australians

Old Trafford, Manchester on 24, 25 May, 1888

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in 2013 by Red Rose Books

Original card wrappers. iv + 24 pages, illustrated.

ISBN 9780957354067

Limited edition of 125 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay

Prior to the arrival of the visiting sixth Australian side of 1888, there had been 58 matches in this country between Australian touring sides and the English counties and Universities. And the home teams had won just seven of them; Nottinghamshire had defeated the tourists twice, as had Surrey and Kent while Yorkshire had one success to their credit. The sixth Australians had enhanced that record after five first-class games of their tour as, beginning operations in the south, Percy McDonnell and his team had won all their matches, comprehensively defeating C I Thornton’s XI by six wickets, Warwickshire by an innings and 150 runs, Surrey by an innings and 154 runs, Oxford University by an innings and 19 runs, and, on 21st and 22nd May, Yorkshire by an innings and 64 runs. The Australian touring party lacked some of the famous players of the day, such as George Giffen and “The Demon” Spofforth, but it was still a strong side. Two players on their first tour of England were the fast bowlers C T B “Charlie” Turner and J J “Jack” Ferris, who were an outstanding pair of opening bowlers; they were to finish the tour with 283 and 199 first-class wickets respectively. So the omens for Lancashire having any success against them were deemed to be very slim. While the Australians were creating havoc on their way to Old Trafford, Lancashire had played just one first-class match in which they suffered a 33-run defeat at home against Kent on 21st, 22nd, 23rd May. Therefore, it seemed quite unreasonable to expect that Lancashire would be able to defeat such a dominant team. The visit of the Cornstalks to Old Trafford was, understandably, looked forward to with great anticipation and it was to mark the Lancashire debut of the Marlborough-educated Reverend John Russell Napier and the amateur all-rounder was to have quite an influence on the game. The Preston-born “Cricketing Curate” enjoyed a fine, all-round match, and this is the story of that game, together with some biographical background on Napier, who briefly flitted across the first-class scene like a meteor.

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By Bus to Wollongong

By Bus to Wollongong

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By Bus to Wollongong

Blackpool Football Club's World Tour 1958

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published by RRB in 2014

Original laminated wrappers.

98 pages, illustrated.

ISBN 9780957354050

Limited edition of 250 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

When Australian businessman Jack Skolnik wanted to arrange a football tour to Australia, his idea was a so-called ‘Stan Matthews’ team’, as the maestro was a huge drawing attraction anywhere in the world. After much discussion, this idea eventually translated itself into a tour by Matthews’ club side, Blackpool, who agreed to undertake a tour down under with stop-offs and games in America, en route, and Hong Kong, on the way home. The games in Australia were against the State sides and the Australian national side, the matches against the latter being a series of five so-called Test Matches. And Blackpool took a strong party with them so they expected to successfully challenge the opposition and maintain English soccer supremacy down under. Despite association football being a Cinderella sport in Australia at the time, the crowds turned out in goodly numbers to watch the Seasiders and in particular Stanley Matthews. They were not to be disappointed and this is the untold story of that ‘Round the World’ tour of 56 years ago.

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'Grand Cricket Match'

'Grand Cricket Match'

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Grand Cricket Match ...

Eighteen of Bolton Club and Ground v W G Grace's United South of England XI

George Green-lane, Great Lever, Bolton
18, 19, 20 July 1878

  1. Martin Tebay

Original card wrappers. iv + 24 pages, illustrated. ISBN 9780957354043

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

'The visit of the United South Eleven engendered ‘considerable interest’ in the town of Bolton. It was not the first time any of the notable “Elevens of England” had appeared in the district but was the first such occasion since the town’s ‘leading Club’ had left their old ground at Back-o’th’-Bank for a new enclosure at George Green-lane, Great Lever. The visiting eleven included several players of ‘long-standing reputation in the cricketing world’, among them being Messrs. WG Grace, GF Grace, WR Gilbert, and the professional Billy Midwinter - Gloucestershire County men all. The XVIII of Bolton Club and Ground featured the cream of the Bolton Cricket Club, their professional Tom Shooter, the Sefton professional Enoch Tranter, as well as two Nottinghamshire men, Harry Bembridge and Edwin Mills. The match was not without incident; two disputed catches, both involving the brothers Grace, causing some controversy. Notwithstanding, the renowned “W.G.” delighted the locals with his all-round play, scoring over a hundred runs and taking 20 wickets during the course of the three days’ play. The early finish of the “odds” match saw an eleven-a-side game take place featuring a mixture of the 29 players. However, this, too, was not without controversy. Midwinter declined to play, while neither of the Graces, nor Gilbert, nor James Southerton, would take to the field again once they had batted. Nonetheless, the event was a great success, the attendance on the final day of the encounter being greater than had ever been seen upon the cricket field at George Green-lane.

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'A Quaint Contrast' ... Dick Tyldesley

'A Quaint Contrast' ... Dick Tyldesley

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'A Quaint Contrast'

From Adelaide Oval to Cobden-street

Dick Tyldesley assists Westhoughton at Astley Bridge, 25 April, 1925

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in March 2013 by Red Rose Books

Original card wrappers. iv + 24 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

'The Westhoughton-born Lancashire C.C.C. leg-break bowler Dick Tyldesley’s performances in first-class cricket during the summer of 1924 earned him a place in the M.C.C. touring party which was to contest the Ashes in Australia during the winter of 1924-25. The news of his selection was greeted warmly by the good folk of Westhoughton and a civic reception for the cricketer was hurriedly arranged by the colliery town’s District Council. Unfortunately, Tyldesley did not enjoy a particularly successful tour of Australia, finding the wickets “down under” unsuitable to his particular style of leg-break bowling. His final match of the tour was against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval on 13th, 14th and 16th March, 1925, where the M.C.C. side suffered a comprehensive 10-wicket defeat. Arriving back home in England on Sunday, 19th April, Tyldesley wasted little time in catching a train from Victoria Station back to his native Westhoughton. No doubt persuaded by “Owd Jim”, himself a former cricket professional and coach of Westhoughton C.C., Dick Tyldesley was, remarkably, assisting his hometown club the following Saturday in their opening fixture in the Bolton & District Cricket League away to Astley Bridge at their Cobden-street ground. A local correspondent, writing in the Bolton Journal and Guardian, couldn’t help but notice the ‘quaint contrast’ between Tyldesley’s last two appearances on a cricket field. From the Adelaide Oval to Cobden-street: from ‘the dry Australian turf to fresh English sod’. Quite some change. And what a change from the dizzy heights of first-class cricket overseas to the Bolton and District Cricket League!'

Quaint_Contrast.pdf

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The Return of "Mac" ... Will McIntyre

The Return of "Mac" ... Will McIntyre

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The Return of "Mac" ...

Bolton Club and Ground v Castleton Club and Ground
George Green-lane, Great Lever, Bolton
18 May 1878

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in July 2013 by Red Rose Books

Original card wrappers. iv + 10 + (2) pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

'The Lancashire County fast bowler Will McIntyre (pictured above) signed as professional for Castleton CC in Rochdale for the 1878 season after eight years’ loyal service to Bolton CC. This being the first occasion on which the popular professional had opposed Bolton since his departure to pastures new, a crowd of around 4,000, an attendance far greater than had ever previously been seen on the ground, greeted him at George Green-lane. Amongst the thousands of spectators who were present, forming a ring all round the ground, “Mac” had many supporters. The match presented the curious feature of each club playing against their former professional, the new Bolton “professor” Tom Shooter having been engaged as professional at Castleton four years earlier in 1874. Bolton were by no means represented by their strongest team; on the other hand, although Castleton were not up to their full strength, six of their team had appeared for Lancashire County, namely Messrs W S Butterworth, E L Chadwick, J Leach, and F Taylor, plus their two professionals, McIntyre and Fred Stephenson. The home eleven ‘figured most ludicrously as batsmen’, their two completed innings only amounting to 63 runs and McIntyre’s bowling on the day was excellent and no effort was spared by him in securing for his new club as complete a “win” as they could possibly attain. The three professionals, Stephenson, McIntyre and Shooter (the last two Nottinghamshire men both), as well as the Bolton amateur Will Scott, wrought havoc with the leather, especially “Mac”, who, with match figures of 15-28, was very much to the fore.

Return_of_Mac.pdf

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'Tyldesley, the Lancashire Wizard.'

'Tyldesley, the Lancashire Wizard.'

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'Tyldesley, the Lancashire Wizard'

Lancashire v Sussex at Aigburth, Liverpool, 20, 21, 22 June, 1907

Monographs on Lancashire cricket. Number 9.

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in 2012 by Red Rose Books. ISBN 9780957354012

Original card wrappers. iv + 24 pages, illustrated.

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

'The wicket at the Aigburth ground in the early part of the twentieth century "had done nothing to earn the title of a batsman’s paradise" and heavy rain caused the first day’s play of the County Championship match against Sussex to be abandoned without a ball being bowled... only John Tommy Tyldesley was ever truly at ease at the crease and his batting on the second day of the match was remarkable: Even the great Fry stopped once to examine “J. T.’s” bat, looking envious, apparently, either of the man or his trusty willow ... a finer example of brilliant all-round batting on a bad wicket can hardly be imagined.'

MoLc-9-1907-JTT.pdf

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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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"... Truly was it an Hour of Glorious Life"

"... Truly was it an Hour of Glorious Life"

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"... Truly was it an Hour of Glorious Life"

John Tommy Tyldesley at Westhoughton, 21 June, 1911

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in January 2013 by Red Rose Books

A5, original card wrappers. iv + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

'The name of Tyldesley is interwoven in the history of Lancashire County cricket and there was "quite a parade of bearers of the name" for the match between Westhoughton and district and Manchester Club and Ground on Wednesday, 21 June, 1911, at Westhoughton Cricket Club. Three members of the “Westhoughton Tyldesleys” family played in the match, namely James D. Tyldesley junior, who was in the Manchester side, and his father James D. Tyldesley senior and brother Harry, who were both included in the Westhoughton eleven. Surprisingly, even the greatest cricketing Tyldesley, the “Worsley Wonder” John Tommy Tyldesley, was present... the match at Westhoughton afforded John Tommy Tyldesley an opportunity to test his injured arm out in the middle... he did not disappoint the locals... his masterful display moved one local correspondent to remark, "It was the piece de resistance. Truly, was it an hour of glorious life."'

JTT-1911.pdf

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First-class Cricketers from Rossall School

First-class Cricketers from Rossall School

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First-class Cricketers from Rossall School: The Victorian Era

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published in 2012 by Red Rose Books. ISBN 9780957354005

Original stiffened wrappers. iv + 56 pages, illustrated.

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

'Rossall School on the north west coast of Lancashire opened in August 1844 with 70 boys and a headmaster, Dr John Woolley, who was a keen sportsman and who, in 1845 approved the formation of a cricket club. This was to be the beginning of a heritage that spawned a number of first-class cricketers, many of whom came to the fore in the Victorian era when Alfred Clarke and H H Stephenson, both of the All England XI, were coaches at the school. William Wingfield was the first Old Rossallian to play first-class cricket and he was quickly followed by such as Lancashire’s Rowley brothers, Alexander and Edmund, ...'

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The Life of John Briggs

The Life of John Briggs

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The Life of John Briggs... Anecdotes, Recollections, Astounding Feats with Bat and Ball ...

Herbert Turner

Originally published in 1902.

Red Rose Books facsimile reprint published in 2000.

Introduction by Gerry Wolstenholme

Limited edition of 200 copies, signed and numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

Original maroon cloth and dustwrapper.

A fine, unread copy.

'The stirring deeds of the 'Boy' Briggs on the cricket field would always be remembered as his infectious love for the game of cricket endeared him to spectators and players alike.'

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'Squire Berners'

'Squire Berners'

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'Squire Berners'

Norfolk Cricket's Keenest Foe and Greatest Friend

Stephen Musk

Published in 2012 by Red Rose Books

Original card wrappers. iv + 16 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 25 copies, this being an unnumbered out-of-series copy [SOLD OUT pre-publication]

'John Anstruther Berners was born into a rich family in 1869; educated at Eton and Sandhurst he went on to join the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards. A passionate but inept cricketer, he organised cricket festivals at his family’s estate at Woolverstone Park ... he is most noted for the interest he took in cricket in Norfolk.'

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"Johnny Briggs' XI ... 1891"

"Johnny Briggs' XI ... 1891"

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'Mr. Matthew Fletcher’s Pets'

An account of the match between Lancashire County (Johnny Briggs' XI) and Eighteen of Little Lever and District on 18 April, 1891.

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in 2012 by Red Rose Books.

Original card wrappers. iv + 12 pages, inc. frontispiece.

Limited edition of 33 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

"... his support of the village cricket club was envied throughout the County Palatine. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that the success the Leverites’ enjoyed during the 1890s was considerably aided by his benefaction; County players of the calibre of Jimmy Hallows, Arthur Paul, Charlie Pool, Charlie Smith, Fred Tate, and John Tommy Tyldesley, all played for the club during its “Red Letter Days”... the opening match of the season against a strong Lancashire County Eleven, had been got together’ by Johnny Briggs and which included R. G. Barlow, Arthur Mold, Albert Ward, Alec Watson, and George Yates, as well as Briggs’ elder brother Joe..."

fletcher-1891.pdf

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Mr AN Hornby's Eleven v Sixteen of the Bolton Cricket Club ... 1877

Mr AN Hornby's Eleven v Sixteen of the Bolton Cricket Club ... 1877

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"For the Benefit of William McIntyre"

Mr. A. N. Hornby's Eleven v Sixteen of the Bolton Cricket Club, George Green-lane, Bolton on 14, 15 September, 1877.

  1. Martin Tebay

Published in 2011 by Red Rose Books.

Original card wrappers. vi + 14 pages, frontispiece.

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

"The Eastwood-born Nottinghamshire cricketer William McIntyre was engaged as professional by the Bolton Cricket Club in 1870 and duly qualified for Lancashire County in 1872... ending his first-class career with 510 wickets at an average of 12.61 from 97 matches. At the end of the 1877 season the Bolton Cricket Club Committee organised ‘a two days’ match for the benefit of W. M’Intyre’ between Mr. A. N. Hornby’s Eleven and Sixteen of the Bolton Cricket Club at George Green Lane on 14th, 15th September ... Tragically, on 11th September, William, the youngest son of McIntyre, was run over and killed by a grocer’s cart on Blackburn Road in Astley Bridge, Bolton..."

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Bobbie Peel at Blackpool, 1905

Bobbie Peel at Blackpool, 1905

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Mine Host at The Mitre

Bobbie Peel at Blackpool, 1905

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published in 2009 by Red Rose Books.

Original stiffened wrappers. iv + 28 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 120 copies, signed & numbered by Gerry Wolstenholme.

'[Peel] ... did some coaching for Essex before re-emerging for one last hurrah as an amateur at Blackpool Cricket Club when enticed to the seaside to take the license of a town centre public house.'

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Fleetwood Cricket Club ... 2004

Fleetwood Cricket Club ... 2004

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Fleetwood Cricket Club

Northern Premier League Champions 2004. The Story of the Season

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published by the Club in 2004

Original card wrappers. v + 54 pages, illustrated.

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

'Fleetwood transformed an underachieving season into one of immense satisfaction.'

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More First-class Cricketers from Rossall School 1868 - 2012

More First-class Cricketers from Rossall School 1868 - 2012

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More First-class Cricketers from Rossall School 1868 - 2012

Gerry Wolstenholme

Published in 2013 by Red Rose Books. ISBN 9780957354098

Original stiffened wrappers. iv + 80 pages, illustrated.

Signed by Gerry Wolstenholme.

'The book brings the story of Rossall students who made it to the first-class game up-to-date. Not only does it include Rossallians who have played first-class cricket in the 20th and 21st centuries but it also encompasses those Victorians who slipped the net first time around … and there are eight of them! Overall 30 players are included in this illustrated volume, including the second Old Rossallian (after Vernon Royle) to play for England and the first one to captain the national side; that is Lancashire’s Nigel Howard. In addition there is a player who never played first-class cricket in England but played 15 games for England teams touring the West Indies, the only Rossallian twins to both have played the first-class game, three players who played only one first-class game each, one who scored no runs, did not bowl and took no catches, an Irish international, a future President of the MCC, a player who scored only the second triple century in the 38-year history of second eleven cricket, a player who played over 400 games for the MCC and the only man in the batch who took over 100 first-class wickets, as well as scoring almost 1500 runs. Counties represented include Lancashire, Yorkshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, Middlesex, Hampshire, Derbyshire, Essex and Gloucestershire and a host of other sides such as the Gentlemen, MCC, Oxford and Cambridge Universities plus various England XIs and a number of more minor Victorian sides. Much primary research has gone into providing pen-pictures of all the players, including details of their careers outside the first-class game, and these are supported by full statistics of their first-class achievements … a most absorbing read … Floreat Rossallia!'

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