1987 - 1988 Season Report

1987 - 1988 Season

John Morris was our guest on 12th November 1987. John Morris, was at the time a talented middle-order batsman who was forging his career on the county scene with Derbyshire. He later went on to play in three tests and eight ODIs. He will perhaps best be remembered when he and David Gower flew a Tiger Moth plane over the ground in Queensland but the England management failed to see the funny side and Morris was not picked for any of the Tests, and indeed no more after that. He moved from Derbyshire after 11 years to Durham in 1993, and then closed an arguably unfulfilled career at Nottinghamshire in 2001.

Jack Simmons made his second appearance for the Society on the 15th December 1987.

Arnie Sidebotttom made his first appearance as guest on the 28th January 1988. Arnie Sidebottom was one of England's many one-cap wonders of the 1980s with his only Test against the Australians at Nottingham in 1985 when he was 31 and by his own admission past his sell-by date". He took 1 for 65 before a foot injury caused him to limp out of the match. He might have played more for England but for his successful football career - he was a successful goalkeeper who played for Manchester United, Huddersfield and Halifax. A seamer of more pace than at first appeared to be the case, and a useful late-order batsman with a first-class hundred to his name, Sidebottom made his Yorkshire debut in 1973 but took some time to develop and was not capped until 1980. He continued playing for Yorkshire until 1991, and then moved onto their coaching staff until his 30-year association with them was ended in 2003. His son, Ryan, made one appearance for England in 2001, and looked likely to join his dad in the one Test club, until he was recalled in 2007, taking eight wickets on his return against the West Indies.

John Barclay was the guest speaker on the 25th February 1988.

Tony Smith was the guest speaker on the 17th Match 1988.

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