The primary main work in relation to the historical past of the Surrey membership got here simply shy of sixty years after its formation in 1845. The magisterial Surrey Cricket: Its Historical past and Associations was printed in 1904. This substantial e-book is credited to Lord Alverstone (Membership President, famous Decide and one time Lawyer Common) and Charles Alcock, though likely it was Alcock who did the majority of the work.
The following try at a historical past was by the then well-known author Gordon Ross, whose Surrey Story was printed in 1957. The amount on Surrey within the Helm collection appeared in 1989 and was written by David Lemmon. Subsequently there was a one hundred and fiftieth yr celebration printed in 1995, and a extra formidable and consequently extra spectacular quantity final yr to rejoice the 175th anniversary. Sandwiched between these two was the 2004 printed Into the Second Century, written by Jerry Lodge.
As befits a county with such an extended and illustration historical past there are a goodly variety of biographical works on Surrey gamers who started their careers within the Victorian period, as many as fourteen altogether. William Caffyn and Julius Caesar each made their debuts for the county in 1849. In 1899 Caffyn’s 71 Not Out was a really early cricketing autobiography and, its writer by no means having been the topic of a biography since, stays the definitive account of the lifetime of a person who was a really positive all-rounder and performed an vital function within the improvement of the sport in each England and Australia. Caesar, primarily a batsman, needed to wait reasonably longer for the story of his life to be written, that job being undertaken by Geoff Amey in 2000 with Julius Caesar: The Sick-Fated Cricketer.
Like most of the prime skilled gamers of his period Heathfield Stephenson, often often known as ‘HH’, was an all rounder, being an honest batsman, quick spherical arm bowler and as well as he not sometimes stored wicket. He led a crew to Australia in 1861/62 and later in life was coach at Uppingham College. HH Stephenson: A Cricketing Journey appeared in 2009, printed by an Uppingham native historical past group and written by the unrelated Roy Stephenson.
Nonetheless the oldest man to make a Take a look at debut for England (within the inaugural Take a look at manner again in 1877) James Southerton was additionally the primary Take a look at cricketer to die. A constant bowler and helpful batsman he first performed for Surrey as way back as 1854 and it’s, maybe, shocking that it was not till 2020 that an account of his life appeared. A Mitcham man, Southerton’s story is instructed by one other son of Mitcham, Adrian Gault, in James Southerton: The Man of Three Counties.
Wicketkeeper Ted Pooley ought to have taken his place alongside Southerton in that inaugural Take a look at match. That he didn’t is, as is pretty well-known, as a result of on the time the match was performed he was in gaol in New Zealand awaiting trial in relation to what was in the end determined by a New Zealand court docket to not be a confidence trick. A positive cricketer Pooley had issues with consuming and playing and was not the one cricketer of his era to finish his life in poverty. His story was instructed by Keith Sales space, a person who, as readers will see, we have now to thank for quite a lot of biographies as regards to early Surrey cricketers. In 2000 Sales space’s His Personal Enemy: The Rise and Fall of Edward Pooley was printed.
Sales space can also be answerable for Walter Read: A Class Act, one of many early releases within the ACS Lives in Cricket collection in 2011. Learn was an beginner batsman who first appeared for Surrey in 1873 and final performed virtually 1 / 4 of a century later. He performed 18 occasions for England, captaining his nation twice.
One of many shortest batsmen to have performed cricket professionally Robert “Bobby” Abel first appeared for Surrey in 1881 and performed 13 occasions for England. That positive historian whose areas of experience stretch properly past the sport of cricket, David Kynaston, printed Bobby Abel: Professional Batsman in 1982. The e-book was republished 1 / 4 of a century later with the title Bobby Abel and is a real second version. Unusually for skilled cricketers of his time Abel had additionally been the topic of a e-book that appeared in his lifetime, Life and Reminiscences of Robert Abel within the Cricket Subject, printed in 1910 and authored by HV Dorey.
Newbie wicketkeeper and greater than helpful batsman Monty Bowden made his Surrey debut in 1883. 5 years later he grew to become and stays England’s youngest captain when he led his nation in a Take a look at match in South Africa. Staying on in South Africa after that journey Bowden was lifeless simply three years later on the age of 26. An in depth biography of his quick life, England’s Youngest Captain, was written by Jonty Winch and printed in 2003.
One other Surrey and England cricketer who died younger, coincidentally additionally in South Africa, was George Lohmann. A prodigious bowling document implies that Lohmann’s title is a lot better identified than Bowden’s. He’s the topic of an prolonged monograph by Rick Sissons, George Lohmann: The Beau Best that was printed in 1981, and later a full size biography by Keith Sales space, George Lohmann: Pioneer Professional, appeared in 2007.
William Brockwell was one other Surrey participant of the late Eighteen Eighties and Eighteen Nineties who hung out in South Africa, though at the very least Brockwell lived to inform the story. He was a batsman who, more and more as his profession went on, was additionally a greater than helpful tempo bowler and he was capped seven occasions by England albeit his document suggests he was, maybe, not fairly as much as Take a look at customary. There isn’t a e-book dedicated to Brockwell however he was the topic of a prolonged essay printed by historian James Coldham, initially within the Journal of the Cricket Society and later, in 1970, as a free standing personal publication.
Coming into his personal within the Eighteen Nineties was Tom Richardson, a powerful and prolific quick bowler famous for his pace and stamina. With greater than 2,000 First Class wickets to his title at a median of not rather more than 18 it’s maybe shocking that the sport’s literature needed to wait till 2012 for a biography of Richardson. That appeared from the pen of Keith Sales space within the ACS Lives in Cricket collection as Tom Richardson: A Bowler Pure and Simple.
Tom Hayward got here from a well-known cricketing household and was arguably the best skilled batsman of the Golden Age, being the second man, after WG Grace , to succeed in the landmark of a century of centuries. 33 caps for England and virtually 500 wickets along with his not all the time straightforward to play proper arm medium tempo imply that after once more it’s shocking that it was not till 2018 when a biography of Hayward, collectively along with his illustrious forebears, appeared. The Haywards was the work of Keith Sales space and his late spouse, Jenny.
One other Surrey cricketer who was an England captain, in every of his three Exams in South Africa in 1909/10, however whose enjoying skills are such that he’s seldom remembered at the moment, is Henry Leveson-Gower. The person often known as ‘Shrimp’ all through the sport penned an autobiography in 1953, Off And On The Field, and given his lengthy service as an administrator in addition to participant it could be that within the coming years a contemporary author will revisit his life.
And at last amongst the Victorians we have now Ernie Hayes, one other comparatively unfamiliar title, however a mainstay of the Surrey batting for quite a lot of years and an often helpful bowler. His kind was such that he did earn 5 Take a look at caps through the years, though his performances in these recommend he, like Brockwell, was punching above his weight at Take a look at degree. His biographer is as soon as once more Keith Sales space, whose Ernest Hayes: Brass in a Golden Age, appeared within the ACS Lives in Cricket collection in 2009.
The primary Surrey participant from the twentieth century who qualifies for point out right here is the lengthy serving wicketkeeper Herbert Strudwick, whose profession started in 1902 and lasted for the subsequent quarter of a century. His autobiography, appropriately titled 25 Years Behind The Stumps, was printed in 1926.
An interesting character is subsequent, Jack Crawford, who performed for Surrey and England earlier than emigrating to Australia. He later returned to England and his life by no means lacked incident however regardless of that he nonetheless managed a gradual descent into anonymity. That each one modified in 2015/2016 when first Michael Burns, with A Flick of the Fingers: The Chequered Life and Career of Jack Crawford, after which Keith and Jenny Sales space with Rebel With A Cause: The Life and Times of Jack Crawford printed full biographies.
1905 noticed the beginning of the profession of Sir Jack Hobbs , one of many biggest of all England batsman, who was within the Surrey crew for nearly 30 years. Even throughout his profession Hobbs was large enterprise and unusually for the occasions produced two volumes of latest autobiography together with his profession closing My Life Story in 1935, a e-book that was reprinted in 1981. In 1926 he had been the topic of a largely tutorial e-book, The Excellent Batsman, to which the previous Lancashire and England captain Archie MacLaren had given his title.
In later life Hobbs was the topic of three full biographies, all entitled merely Jack Hobbs, from Ronald Mason in 1960, John Arlott in 1981 and Leo Mckinstry in 2007. A e-book not a lot faraway from the style, The Take a look at Match Profession of Jack Hobbs, appeared from Clive Porter in 1988.
The profession of Alan Marshall was a bit bit like that of Jack Crawford in reverse. An Australian he got here to England and performed for Surrey for 3 full summers from 1907 earlier than returning to Australia. Tragically he misplaced his life on energetic service within the Mediterranean in 1915, albeit the speedy reason behind his dying was typhoid reasonably than enemy motion. He’s the topic of a deeply researched monograph by Duncan Anderson in his Victims De La Guerre collection of booklets.
After 4 summers of modest achievement with Sussex Percy Fender arrived on the Oval in 1914 and continued to play for Surrey till 1935. He was an modern captain for a decade and a tough hitting batsman and attacking wrist spinner. Fender was answerable for writing 4 of essentially the most incisive tour accounts within the literature of the sport in respect of the Ashes collection of 1920/21 (when he was a member of the get together), 1928/29, 1930 and 1934. There was no autobiography from Fender though an primarily tutorial e-book, An ABC of Cricket that was printed in 1937 comprises some autobiographical parts. To study an amazing deal extra about Fender the person it was mandatory to attend till Richard Streeton’s biography, PGH Fender – A Biography, that was printed in 1981.
In 1921 Fender was joined within the Surrey facet by Douglas Jardine, rightly now lauded as one of many biggest of England captains and positively essentially the most controversial. Jardine by no means wrote an autobiography however was the topic of a positive biography by Christopher Douglas in 1984. Douglas Jardine: Spartan Cricketer had a revised version in 2002 and positively gave the look of being a definitive account, but it surely has not too long ago been joined by a brand new biography from Mark Peel, No Surrender, one other wonderful learn.
An attention-grabbing counterpoint to Jardine is the person who succeeded him as Surrey captain, Errol Holmes. In no way eager on Jardinian ways Holmes, a tough hitting member of a Surrey center order who have been often known as ‘The Biff Bang Boys’, performed for the county for greater than 30 years albeit solely, after his College days completed, in 4 full seasons. Holmes wrote an autobiography, Flannelled Foolishness, that appeared in 1957 and is a person who would profit from the attentions of a contemporary biographer.
For 20 years from 1928 Alf Gover bowled quick for Surrey and, often, England, in an period when pitches on the Oval weren’t by any means bowler pleasant. After his retirement in 1947 Gover went on to be the proprietor of a well-known indoor faculty that assisted many gamers, younger and previous alike, to beat technical difficulties and enhance their sport. Gover wrote an illuminating autobiography, The Lengthy Run, that was printed in 1991.
The interval between 1952 and 1958 was certainly one of unprecedented success for Surrey, as they received the County Championship in every of these seven summers, a document that has by no means been approached both earlier than or since. A minimum of eight males concerned in these triumphs have been the topic of books, and certainly so has John Edrich, though his involvement within the document breaking run was restricted to the ultimate sport of the 1958 summer time.
One the greats of the Nineteen Fifties, Alec Bedser, truly performed for Surrey earlier than the battle, making two appearances in 1939. With no wicket to point out for them nonetheless there was no indication that the person who arrived again on the Oval seven years later would develop into one of many best medium paced bowlers the sport has seen. Bedser and, after all, twin Eric wrote two autobiographies within the Nineteen Fifties, Our Cricket Story in 1951 and Following On three years later. In 1986 Alec wrote Twin Ambitions and the, to this point, solely biography, The Bedsers: Twinning Triumphs got here from the pen of Alan Hill in 2001.
Spin twins Jim Laker and Tony Lock each launched into their careers in 1946 and each have been the topic of quite a lot of books. Laker’s first autobiography was Spinning Round The World in 1957, and that was adopted three years later by the extremely controversial Over To Me. Laker wrote quite a lot of later books however none was autobiographical. There have been three biographies nonetheless. Laker, Portrait of a Legend by Don Mosey was the primary, in 1989, and that was adopted by Alan Hill’s Jim Laker in 1998 and Brian Scovell’s 19-90 in 2006.
As for Lock he additionally gave his title to an autobiography, For Surrey And England, which coincided with the primary Laker in 1957. Subsequently there have been two biographies. The primary, Put Lock On by Kirwan Ward was printed in 1972, by which period Lock was an Australian, and a second and posthumous providing appeared in 2008 from Alan Hill, Tony Lock: Aggressive Master of Spin.
Two males led Surrey throughout their seven Championship years and the person who constructed the facet was Stuart Surridge. There was ultimately a e-book on Surridge, named merely Stuart Surridge. A considerably disappointing e-book, it appeared in 2008 and was written by Jerry Lodge.
The crew that Surridge constructed was inherited by Peter Might, a person who some would argue is the best of all of England’s put up battle batsmen. Once more Alan Hill was Might’s biographer, Peter Might showing in 1996. Might himself had contributed an autobiography, A Recreation Loved, in 1985. Years earlier a short biography aimed toward younger individuals had been printed by Robert Rodrigo, the title then additionally being a simple Peter Might.
The person who went out to bat with the Union Jack trailing behind him, Kenny Barrington, first appeared for Surrey in 1953. Some of the well-liked males to have ever performed for England Barrington wrote two autobiographies. The primary, Working Into A whole lot, appeared in 1963 and is typical of the style because it was in these days. The second, the 1968 Taking part in It Straight was actually forward of its time, looking for to cope with the psychological stresses that so badly affected Barrington. Following his tragically early dying in 1981 two additional books have appeared. The primary Ken Barrington: A Tribute by Brian Scovell appeared in 1982 and is simply that. Mark Peel’s England Expects is rather more of a standard biography, and that one was printed in 1992.
Mickey Stewart started his Surrey profession in 1954 and stayed on the county for 18 years earlier than involving himself with administration roles with the county after which England. It was a very long time earlier than a e-book appeared, however Stewart had the perfect biographer, Stephen Chalke, and Mickey Stewart and the Changing Face of Cricket was printed in 2012.
Which simply leaves John Edrich, whose autobiography, Runs In The Household, was written by David Frith in 1969. No different e-book dedicated to Edrich has appeared since, though he, not unnaturally, performs a big half Ralph Barker’s Cricketing Family Edrich, printed in 1976.
Two males who first appeared for Surrey within the Sixties have been the topic of books, each are bowlers and each wrote autobiographies. Off spinner Pat Pocock known as his Percy: The Perspicacious Memories of a Cricketing Man and printed it in 1987, the yr after his retirement. The Shoreditch Sparrow, Robin Jackman, waited reasonably longer, Jackers: A Life in Cricket being printed in 2012.
Alec Stewart made his debut for Surrey in 1981, and retired in 2003. His autobiography, Taking part in For Retains, appeared in his final season, as did that of his very long time Surrey and England teammate Graham Thorpe, whose Rising From The Ashes was printed in 2005. One other member of that Surrey era was tempo bowler Martin Bicknell, albeit his Take a look at document was reasonably much less spectacular with simply 4 Take a look at appearances with ten years between the second and third. Bickers was printed in 2008.
Which leaves only one final booklet to say, a tribute to wicketkeeper Graham Kersey who tragically died in Australia on New Yr’s Day 1997 following a street accident on Christmas Eve. Kersey was simply 25. Graham Kersey: A Tribute was privately printed by Surrey member Richard Williams. The 99 web page booklet is basically statistical, however there is a wonderful, heartfelt memoir as properly.
So far as different books on Surrey are involved there’s a Tempus 100 Greats e-book, and a set of 50 Best Matches from the identical writer. Each have been written by Jerry Lodge, in 2004 and 2006 respectively. One other attention-grabbing assortment of pen portraits is available in David Sawyer’s privately printed Century of Surrey Stumpers. Additionally properly price studying in relation to much less well-known gamers is The 48, a totally researched e-book by Philip Paine and Daniel Norcross that contains essays on these Surrey gamers who misplaced their lives within the Nice Struggle, and whose names seem on a memorial within the lengthy room at The Oval.
There are a variety of diaries written about numerous seasons in Surrey’s latest historical past, quite a lot of them by Trevor Jones. I’m assured there’s at the very least certainly one of his books that I’ve not seen, presumably two, however these I’ve learn are Pursuing The Dream, The Dream Fulfilled, Doubling Up With Delight and From Tragedy To Triumph, which appeared in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 respectively. Jones has additionally contributed a slimmer e-book, 268, as regards to Ally Brown’s outstanding innings in opposition to Glamorgan within the 50 overs per facet C&G Trophy in 2002.
From a mainstream writer Surrey’s 2004 summer time was coated in Mark Ramprakash’s 2005 printed 4 Extra Weeks, and 2018: A Summer in Pictures is a properly produced photographic document of a Surrey Championship victory.
Which brings me to my two choices for the longer term. The primary has, I believe already been largely written, and is a brand new biography of John Edrich. It’s a venture that I do know David Frith has been eager to finish, and I hope that with Edrich’s passing earlier this yr that, lastly, he’ll have the ability to discover somebody keen to publish the e-book within the method that he would need.
The opposite is a trickier alternative however, reminiscent of my feedback about Errol Holmes, and having already raised the topic of Freddie Brown within the Northamptonshire in Print article, then an in depth take a look at the lives and personalities of all three of ‘The Biff Bang Boys’ wouldn’t go amiss. Along with the forceful characters of Holmes and Brown that e-book would additionally cowl the attention-grabbing lifetime of the final of the three, solicitor Monty Garland-Wells.