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ISBN: 9780857043399
AUTHOR: Stephen Hill with Julian Wyatt
Somerset Cricketers 1971 - 2000
Somerset Cricketers 1971 - 2000
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This is the fourth volume in the award-winning series outlining the life of each man who has played first-class cricket for Somerset.

Appropriately enough for a club with a rich history, bursting at the seams with larger-than-life characters, the first person featured here is that great cricketing eccentric, the late Brian Close, who joined the club in 1971, after falling out with Yorkshire, and set about instilling a winning mentality.

At the same time,Tom Cartwright, already at the club, having previously starred for Warwickshire, was charged with coaching an exciting crop of local youngsters: the likes of Ian Botham, Vic Marks and Peter Roebuck, were melded with two up-and-coming Caribbean stars – Viv Richards and Joel Garner – to form a team of all the talents.

Between them, they brought glamour and trophies to a county who had languished in the cricketing doldrums for the best part of a century.

The County Ground in Taunton was suddenly a place where one-day opponents were intimidated and where spectators from all walks of life wished to be and to be seen. But then the atmosphere soured as the club slid into civil war. Slowly, Somerset CCC then clawed their way back to a position where, by the end of the millennium, they were once again in serious contention for trophies.

The text is complemented throughout with quality images, many of them previously unpublished, and the authors have interviewed the vast majority of the 116 players who feature. The pen portraits are varied and colourful. The club’s supporters and, indeed, anyone who has read the first three volumes in this series, would expect nothing less.

Stephen Hill is a former businessman and now a full-time writer. The son of two schoolteachers, he was born in Bishops Lydeard and has supported Somerset CCC since boyhood. He now lives an inconveniently long distance away from Taunton, but continues to follow the fortunes of the county he still loves.

Born in Paulton, Julian Wyatt, a farmer’s son, has also supported Somerset CCC from boyhood and fulfilled his early dreams by playing for them for seven seasons. He then went on to appear for Devon, the county in which he now lives. Since departing the first-class game, he has enjoyed a career as a coach, but has always been a keen writer.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 339 9, hardback, 210x148mm, 384 pages. Published May 2019.

Somerset Cricketers 1946-1970Somerset Cricketers 1946-1970 - £16.99
This is the third volume by Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips in a series outlining the lives of each man who has played first-class cricket for Somerset. The first two books were widely praised as hugely informative and very readable accounts of the history of cricket in the county, with engaging detours into social history. Somerset Cricketers 1946–1970 continues in the same vein and is sure to delight anyone with an interest in this fascinating club.
Somerset Cricketers 1919 - 1939Somerset Cricketers 1919 - 1939 - £16.99
Somerset Cricketers 1919 – 1939 continues the authors’ compelling odyssey through the early history of cricket in the county. Having previously introduced readers to the lives of the men who played for Somerset prior to the First World War, Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips now turn their attention to those who made their debut between the wars.
Somerset Cricketers 1882-1914Somerset Cricketers 1882-1914 - £16.99
Researched with forensic attention to detail but written with real warmth and an eye to readability by Stephen Hill with additional research by Barry Phillips, Somerset Cricketers 1882 – 1914 contains richly-illustrated and hugely informative biographies of each of the 227 cricketers who appeared for Somerset before the First World War.
Somerset CCC The Return to GlorySomerset CCC The Return to Glory - £19.99
Alain Lockyer and Richard Walsh follow their successful Somerset The Glory Years with Somerset County Cricket Club The Return to Glory 2001 - 2007. This compelling book is a title that all Somerset fans will want to read and savour because it celebrates the county’s two most recent trophy winning seasons - 2001 and 2005.
Another Somerset CenturyAnother Somerset Century - £12.99
CHARLES WOOD TURNS HIS EVER IDIOSYNCRATIC ATTENTION TO SOMERSET CRICKET IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY. This book is not fodder for the faint-hearted supporter. Here nightmares are revisited, so too the odd scandal. But it’s not all tears, doldrums and tabloids. Far from it. Never has 'The Blackbird' been sung more lustily, or, indeed, emotionally.
Somerset Cricket The Glory YearsSomerset Cricket The Glory Years - £19.99
In 2010 Somerset Cricket Museum acquired a unique archive of images relating to the history of the club between 1973 and 1990 which feature here. Taken by Alain Lockyer with a text by Richard Walsh, this book chronicles the years of the County’s greatest success, including the period known as the Glory Years during which Somerset won five one day trophies in as many seasons.
 
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