A busy meeting at Lord’s included the presentation by CMS Patron Sir Clive Lloyd of the 2019 Award of Excellence to Andy Collier. This was in recognition of Andy’s book ‘Across the Oceans – with the English Cricketers to Australia and New Zealand 1861 to 1962’ which showcases his unique collection about MCC overseas tours. Andy has now set up his own You Tube channel about cricket memorabilia. (Check out Andy's YouTube here)
A packed meeting featured signings by our guests Sir Clive Lloyd and Hartley Alleyne, formerly of Worcestershire and Kent. CMS has produced a special limited edition, signed, card to celebrate the award of his Knighthood to Sir Clive in the recent honour’s list.
Our next meeting is at the County Ground, Derby, on Saturday 29th February with guests Wayne Larkins and former England Women’s World Cup winner Jo Chamberlain. A members’ auction starts at 1.30pm; the catalogue is already available on our website!
The 8th Neville Cardus Lunch
The Eighth Neville Cardus Lunch — Tuesday March 31st 2020, 12.00 for 12.30 at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Lunch is an annual event designed to help keep alive the name of Sir Neville and his writings. It will also help further promote the Archive which is developing strongly. At last year's lunch we had over 55 people attending.
This year's Lunch will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday March 31st in the Club Suite in the Pavilion.
We are delighted to welcome back as speaker Duncan Hamilton, a Patron of the Cardus Archive, whose presence this year is particularly timely and relevant. Duncan has just received the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award (for the third time!), on this occasion for his brilliant and especially apt biography of Neville Cardus himself: "The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus".
Copies of the book will be available, of course, at the Lunch. Duncan's participation this year will include a "first" for us, in the form of a Question & Answer session. And already he has another fond retrospective on the game in the pipeline, described as a short elegy for red-ball cricket and scheduled for publication this summer.
The Lunch, at 12 noon for 12.30pm, will be open for anyone to book (£35) although we will be limiting places, so please book early. It will be a three course meal plus coffee, to a special menu. (Please tell us if you would like a vegetarian option.).
We hope to have between 50-60 people, amongst them Patrons of the Archive along with representatives of Lancashire CCC and the Hallé. There will inevitably be some informal reflections and reminiscences of Neville over the meal, as well as the opportunity to see some of our archival material and to contribute ideas for the Archive's further development.
We have already produced five books from the Archive's now extensive resources. The most recent of them is Cardus Undimmed which focuses on the last decade of Neville's life, with a look too at some of the other splendid cricket writers of Neville's time, their own writings, and their relationships with Neville himself.
Congratulations from CMS!
Congratulations to CMS Patron, Clive Lloyd, on his knighthood announced in the New Year’s Honours list. We very much hope that Sir Clive will be able to join us at our next meeting at Lord’s.
Happy New Year from CMS!
The November meeting at Taunton was severely disrupted by an accident on the M5. The Chair, several other committee members and many other CMS members were unable to actually get to Taunton as the motorway was closed for several hours. Those who had travelled by train very much enjoyed a tour of the Somerset Cricket Museum and hearing from Somerset President, Brian Rose, who used his local knowledge to get to Taunton by numerous back routes! Subsequently Andrew Caddick, who was unable to attend, has signed the CMS limited edition collectors’ cards and these will be on sale at our Lord’s meeting.
Our Patron, Clive Lloyd, very much hopes to be able to attend at Lord’s on Saturday 25th January. Other guests have asked if they can confirm their attendance after the Christmas break. Our AGM will be held at Lord’s and we will present the CMS Award of Excellence for 2019 to Andy Collier in recognition of his excellent volume ‘Across the Oceans’ and his contribution to the promotion and display of Cricket Memorabilia. Also joining us at Lord’s will be Andrew Bradstock author of the new biography of David Sheppard, ‘Batting for the Poor’. CMS members will be asked to confirm the appointment of two additional patrons, long time CMS member and former England and Warwickshire opener John Jameson and Enid Bakewell who charmed us when she visited CMS previously and hopes to join us at Derby on Saturday February 29th 2020.
New CMS 'Season' Off To A Flyer!
The season of CMS meetings got off to a fine start with our guest, former Pakistan fast bowler Asif Masood, signing memorabilia for members and answering our questions. The meeting also featured an auction with the star lot, Wilfred Rhodes’ MCC touring case selling for £270. In total 86% of the auction lots sold and a prices realised report is posted on our Auctions Page.
Tatenda Taibu had to send his apologies but will hopefully attend a CMS meeting later this season.
Next stop Taunton with guests Andrew Caddick and Brian Rose (Somerset and England), a visit to the Somerset Cricket Museum and our AGM. Do join us on Saturday 16th November. Not a member? Check out how to join here
CMS at Taunton
We are delighted to announce that former England fast bowler Andrew Caddick will be attending the CMS meeting at Taunton on Saturday 16th November. Andy played 62 tests for England as well as being a successful opening bowler for Somerset. He will be joined by former Somerset captain and England batsman, Brian Rose, who will be signing copies of his autobiography . There will also be an opportunity to visit the Somerset Cricket Museum during what is sure to be an excellent meeting.
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.