Newly discovered item belonging to Wilfred Rhodes being auctioned by CMS
The first meeting of the season of the Cricket Memorabilia Society is being held at Old Trafford on Saturday 26th October 2019. The meeting has a real international flavour with special guests Asif Masood, Pakistani pace bowler from the 1970s and Tatenda Taibu of Zimbabwe, the youngest man to captain a test team.
We are also holding a members’ auction which features a newly discovered item of Cricket Memorabilia belonging to Wilfred Rhodes the former Yorkshire and England all-rounder. Wilfred played 58 tests for England from 1899 and 1926. He made seven overseas tours including four to Australia. Wilfred Rhodes’ MCC touring case will be auctioned by the Cricket Memorabilia Society on Saturday 26th October. The brown leather case has W.RHODES, HUDDERSFIELD stencilled on one side around the MCC colours and WHR on the top. The case still has its own working locks.
In his later years Wilfred lived with his daughter on the South Coast and this case was originally bought at an auction in Poole. Wilfred Rhodes died in 1973. He holds the record for the most wickets in first class cricket (4,187) and is the only player to score 30,000 runs and 3,000 first class wickets.
Richard Brown, Chair CMS said: ‘This is a chance to own a piece of cricket history. Wilfred has a unique place in the history of cricket and to think he carried this case around during his cricket career is just amazing. Only CMS members can bid in our auctions so this is causing real excitement.’
Strike a light! The famous cricketing doctor has been tracked down to a display cabinet at Goole Town Cricket Club.
A column appeared in the April 1969 edition of the Playfair Cricket Monthly written by the late Ron Yeomans, the then Secretary of the Northern Cricket Society, about a matchstick bust of Dr WG Grace made by Vic Wilson, a Leeds bus driver. The modeller advertised locally for matchsticks and had a reputation for making top quality models. Previously he had made scale models of the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Taj Mahal and the Golden Hind. The life-size head and shoulders of the celebrated cricketer was made from 12,454 matchsticks and took 146 hours to build over a period of nine months. The matchsticks were glued together, sandpapered and then varnished. At the time the model was widely displayed in Yorkshire and for a good part of the summer of 1969 was a popular feature in the Memorial Gallery at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
To coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of that original article Geoff Wellsteed, both a writer and an umpire on the York & District Senior League umpires’ panel, drafted a contribution for the Cricket Memorabilia Society magazine. As part of his research he contacted the Yorkshire CCC museum staff at Headingley to enquire if they had any knowledge of its existence or whereabouts but drew a blank, so imagine his absolute surprise when within two months of writing the article he was appointed to umpire a match at Goole Town CC and saw the ‘lost’ bust in the club’s trophy cabinet. He contacted Dave Caldicott, the Club Secretary who, gratifyingly, was able to track down the original correspondence with Lord’s Cricket Ground.
By the way the matchstick maker was a non-smoker!
Vic Wilson [b 1912, d 2003]. He was born in Goole and died in his home town. When he died the model passed to a relative, and subsequently onto Goole Town CC. The model has ‘lived’ in the club’s trophy cabinet for the last fifteen years.
William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915) was widely recognised as one of the most famous men in England and regarded as one of the greatest cricketers in the world. In a career which spanned more than forty seasons he scored 54211 runs and when bowling captured 2809 wickets. He scored 124 centuries and recorded a top score of 344. His best bowling performance was 10 for 49. His main clubs were Gloucestershire, MCC, London County and the Gentlemen of the South.
Geoff Wellsteed is a member of Yorkshire CCC, Cheshire CCC, the Cricket Memorabilia Society, the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians and the Association of Cricket Officials. He is an umpire in the York & District Senior League. He has written three books – Inns & Outs (about 334 cricketing pubs), Inside the Boundary (about the 26 first-class cricketers born in Reading) and Pavilions in Splendour (about 133 active Cheshire clubs).
Photograph shows Goole Town CC Secretary, Dave Caldicott ‘nursing’ the cricketing Doctor.
Geoff Wellsteed who tracked down the model is in the white shirt.
On behalf of the Nottingham Cricket Lovers’ Society, could I thank all Cricket Memorabilia Society members who purchased a copy of the Annual as a result of my recent note. The response was excellent. I still have some Annuals in my possession so if any member would like me to send them a copy then please email me (Postage is £1.97 first class and £1.72p second class). The cost of the 160 page Annual is only £5. It is on sale at Trent Bridge, and Mike Goulder took some copies to the first day of the Cambridge University fixture v Notts at Fenners, selling out before lunch. We could even make the best sellers list!
Once again, many thanks for your support.
We are pleased to announce our membership of the Cricket Societies Association (CSA). Our shared interest in all things cricket has already been reflected in the CSA's most recent newsletter, with a report by CMS member Roger Gibbons (page 9) on Gloucestershire's newly-opened Museum and Learning Centre (visited by many members attending this year's AGM at Bristol) and another on the Memorabilia Market held at the Cheltenham Festival last season and organised by CMS member Ken Burney
AGM - Bristol, November 2018
Highs and Lows - In All Their Guises
Vastly differing fortunes in the playing careers for our two Gloucestershire greats, David 'Syd' Lawrence and Mike Smith came to the fore in our Q&A session at the Brightside County Ground. David's untimely and ultimately career-ending injury was witnessed by many watching TV coverage, while Mike's experience with selectors' whims meant that his international career was shortened by a series of events somewhat out of his control!
Among the items discussed at the AGM which followed an excellent lunch was the need for the Society to ensure its long-term future by continuing to recruit members.
Our Chairman identified the need for our constitution to better reflect our digital world; the meeting agreed to allow the Committee to communicate the appropriate changes to the membership through the magazine.
Nominations have been received for our Award Of Excellence this year. The Committee are tasked with agreeing a suitable award to one of the nominees.
The AGM was invited to support the following: Grants of between £250 and a maximum of £500 can be made by the Committee to any CMS member to support them in cricket related research, especially in relation to areas where there is little current published material. The CMS membership will be updated about the research at meetings and via the magazine. The funds can be used in any manner related to the project – travel expenses, printing costs, for example. Committee members, Vice President and President cannot apply for the grant and neither can anyone whose main profession is or was directly linked with cricket.
All Committee Officials were re-elected
CMS At Old Trafford, October 2018
Honesty, Humour and Insights
Lancashire stalwarts, even legends; our guests Jack Simmons and Ian Austin entertained members in a Q&A session which enthralled with some no-nonsense answers and opinions on how these two former players viewed the game, past and present.
Our first auction of the winter 'season' followed lunch
CMS At Lord's 2018
Three fantastic guests, a new President, a new Chairman, a new Patron for the Society!
The Home of Cricket - where better to formally introduce our new President, Chairman and Patron? Like many a great cricketer Keith Hayhurst decided that this meeting would mark his retirement as Chair of CMS after an astonishing 28 years in post. Keith already holds the position of President and still intends to play an active part in CMS. Richard Brown, formerly Vice Chair will become Chairman as outlined at the AGM. Our Vice-President (of 30 years!) in his role of M/C, also announced that Clive Lloyd CBE has agreed to become our first ever patron and will serve for a three year period.