Musings From The Padded Cell

Bradford Park Avenue: Visionary Foresight Or White Elephant?

In late 2014 plans were announced to spend over £5m on the dilapidated Bradford Park Avenue cricket ground, not used by Yorkshire (YCCC) since 1996.

Slogged To Death

The new cricket season is fast approaching as those of us reminding ageing bodies of the unique demands of this most maverick of games will testify, winter nets now in full swing.

Guest Article – The Rants Of Chairman Molly

“England’s always expecting. No wonder they call her the Mother Country.” Fred Trueman

Behind Closed Doors

“If you see a deadly snake just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on deadly snakes.” Ross Perot

The Foxes Last Stand?

“Every dog has it’s day.” Relegated to the minor Plate competition in this year’s annual humiliation for aged cricketers, we convened on All Alone Road one more time this summer, the dubious “prize” on offer, a trip to Scarborough at an ungodly hour.

Summa Camp 4 Kidz!

“I could go to any county committee room if I wanted to see that.” Fred Trueman on the film Jurassic Park

Cricket’s Last Gamble?

In 2011 I had my first stab at writing a book largely about growing up obsessed with the beautiful game of cricket at a small club in Bradford. It was called A Critics’ Corner, had a print run of 150 and, thankfully, sold out. Publishers did not beat a path to my door though but […]

Villas Veterans Get Stuffed.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

The Road To Scarborough – Route One.

“The great thing about playing team sport is you win and lose together, and the pain is never as bad when you share it.” Brian O’Driscoll

Time For Those Flying Pigs Again.

“A half-truth is even more dangerous than a lie. A lie, you can detect at some stage, but half a truth is sure to mislead you for long.” Anurag Shourie