Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Memorable evening with Micky Stewart

Micky Stewart (seen signing copies of his new biography, Micky Stewart and the Changing Face of Cricket) entertained a packed audience of members and friends earlier this month. From his views on the Kevin Pietersen saga, via the inside story of the Shakur Rana affair, to his memories of Surrey greats like Alec Bedser, Ken Barrington and Tony Lock, Micky kept us enthralled for well over two hours. Other stories were less well known. But for cricket, Micky might have taken part in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Although selected to represent England at soccer, Micky was reluctantly withdrawn from the party when the Olympic Committee found out that he played as a professional with Surrey. And who should have taken part in Micky's benefit match at the Oval in 1972 but the crooner Andy Williams, signed up by his agent (and cricket nut) Vic Lewis after a TV appearance with Michael Parkinson.

Join us next time on Wednesday 14th November for an evening with the BBC's Dave Callaghan and catch up on an exciting summer for Yorkshire cricket. Everyone welcome. Non-members £5.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Micky Stewart

Stop press. Former England cricket manager, ECB director of coaching and Surrey captain Micky Stewart will be joining Stephen Chalke as our guest on Wednesday October 10th. Intelligent, opiniated and insightful, few have such a comprehensive overview of the game as Micky, now in his 80th year. With candid takes on such household names as Botham, Gower, Gatting and Gooch, his long-awaited biography, published in July, makes for a compelling story.

Micky also has a tale to tell about his last visit to Hull in 1968, when he bagged a pair (both lbw!) as Yorkshire defeated Surrey at the Circle to take their third County Championship in succession. He's looking forward to a more enjoyable visit this time!

MEMBERS: don't forget we're holding our AGM at this meeting, starting at 7.15pm. Please turn up early and have your say.