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The Laughing Cricketer of Wombwell: A Centenary Biography of Yorkshire and England Cricketer Roy Kilner [Hardcover]

Mick Pope
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Darf Publishers Ltd (Oct 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850772193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850772194
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,669,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Pope was born in 1964 in Swinton, Yorkshire and has lived in the county all his life. He is a confirmed cricket fanatic and loves the glorious English game, especially his beloved Yorkshire CCC.

He wrote his first book "The Laughing Cricket of Wombwell" (a biography of Roy Kilner) in 1990 and since then has written a further five books with "Headingley Ghosts" (a collection of over 60 Yorkshire cricket tragedies) being his most recent work in Yorkshire CCC's 150th anniversary year. His other works include: "Tragic White Roses" (a self published biography of Alonzo Drake and Major Booth); "Yorkshire County Cricket Club" (the Archive Photography Series) and two books co-written with Paul Dyson: "Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 100 Greats" and "Yorkshire County Cricket Club: Classic Matches". Mick has won the J.M.Kilburn Cricket Writer of the Year Award in 1997 as well as being the Joint Winner of the 2011 Don Ambrose Memorial Prize for the best article in the ACS's Cricket Statistician Journal. His articles are also regularly featured in the Yorkshire CCC Yearbook, the ACS Cricket Statistician, Wombwell Cricket Lovers' "The Twelfth Man" magazine and The Cricket Society Journal.

As well as cricket writing, Mick is also Hon.Secretary of Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society, a long-standing member of Yorkshire CCC and a serving member of the YCCC Archives Committee. Mick has also been a committee member of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) between 1994-2006.

Mick Pope's Headingley Ghosts has been nominated for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2014 and accepted for the long list.

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3.0 out of 5 stars 'A Yorkshire Wicket has Fallen' 1 Jun 2009
The author, Mick Pope, recounts the all too brief life of one of Yorkshire's best loved cricketers.

Starting from his humble beginnings playing for the Mitchell Main colliery team, the book follows Roy Kilner's career representing the White Rose County, his handful of Test Matches and his fateful tour to India in the Winter of 1927/28.

The narrative focuses on Roy's contributions as an all rounder and the many notable cricketing feats achieved through the years in a career that was sadly truncated by the horrors of the First World War. Indeed it seems ironic that a player so associated with his friendly and jovial approach to the game, and life itself, should be surrounded by sorrow throughout his 37years.

The book has an affectionate foreward written by the late, great Don Bradman and is well supported by a selection of black and white photographs and an extensive section detailing the statistics of Roy's career.

An interesting book about a very interesting individual but, given his self evident popularity (his funeral was attended by between 100/150,000 people), it is a shame the author doesn't bring more examples of Roy's ready wit and anecdotes to our attention. Notwithstanding this slight criticism this book is well worth a read.
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