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Part 5 of  the A-Z of Bradford League players 1903-1981

Part 5 of the A-Z of Bradford League players 1903-1981

28 Jul 2020


Michael Rhodes continues his trawl through the meticulous handwritten notes of T P Robinson of Leeds on the outstanding Bradford League players from 1903 to 1981 which were discovered recently.

As well as the scores and bowling returns there are interesting anecdotes so as a change from lists of stats I thought it might be of interest to readers of this website to see and perhaps remember some, of the interesting characters who have played in the league.

Iqbal Qasim: Born 6-8-1953 and played for Spen Victoria and Hanging Heaton 1980 and 1981.Played first class in Pakistan 1971 to 1993. Appeared in 50 Tests for Pakistan 1976-1988. Appointed head of Pakistan Cricket Committee in January 2020.

Haroon Rashid: Born 25-3-1953 and played for Queensbury 1978, 1Appeared in 149 first class games in Pakistan between 1971 and 1985. Played in 23 Tests for Pakistan 1977 to 1983.

Alan Ramage: Born 29-11-1957 and played for Bowling Old Lane 1980 and Yorkshire 1979-1983. Professional footballer with Middlesbrough 1975-1980 when he transferred to Derby County.

John Rhodes Stanley Raper: Born 9-8-1909 and played for Bradford and Yeadon between 1931 and 1948. Made three appearances for Yorkshire between 1936 and 1947. Died 9-3-1997.

Brian Redfearn: Born 20-2-1935 and played for Bowling Old Lane, East Bierley, Hartshead Moor and Yeadon 1956 to 1978. Was a professional footballer for Bradford Park Avenue, Blackburn Rovers, Darlington, Halifax Town, and Bradford City. Father of Neil who was also a professional footballer and short-term manager of Leeds United.

Richard Reid: Born 3-12-58 Wellington, New Zealand, played for Baildon 1978. Appeared in 43 first class games in New Zealand. Son of John Reid who captained New Zealand. Later became Chief Executive of Nike in NZ, then Chief Exec of Canterbury Cricket 2001 to 2007, moving to Otago Rugby Union again as Chief Executive.

Robert Richard Relf: Born 1-9-1883, played for Idle 1922 and 1923. Was with Sussex 1905 to 1924. Died 28-4-1965.

Arthur Cecil Rhodes: Born 14-10-1906 and played with Spen Victoria and Lidget Green from 1931 to 1939. Appeared with Yorkshire 1932-1934. Died 21-5-1957.

Harold James Rhodes: Born 22-7-1936 and played for Bowling Old Lane 1973 to 1977. A fast bowler with Derbyshire from 1953 to 1975 who won two caps for England in 1959. In 1960 he was no balled as his bowling action was considered to be ‘throwing’. He was no balled again in 1965 and in 1966 and the umpire asked for him to be removed from the attack in a county game again because of his action. However, in 1968 MCC declared his action to be legal but he retired from first class cricket at the end of that season.

Steven John Rhodes: Born 17-7-1974 and played for Farsley 1980 and 1981 and Pudsey St Lawrence 1984. Played with Yorkshire and Worcestershire 1981 to 2004. At Yorkshire he was understudy to David Bairstow and moved in 1985. Won 11 England Test caps. Later worked as coach to Worcestershire and Bangladesh.

Thomas Leonard Richmond: Born 22-6-1890 and played for Pudsey St Lawrence 1920, Nottinghamshire 1912 to 1932. Made one Test appearance for England in 1921. Died 29-12-1957.

Arthur William Robinson: Born 29-11-1880 and played for Undercliffe between 1908 and 1930. Appeared seven times for Worcestershire between 1920 to 1926 and Natal. Played Rugby League for Hull KR.

Edgar Robinson: Born 1-10-1901 and played for Great Horton between 1923 to1959. Became Lord Mayor of Bradford 1960-61.

Ellis Pembroke Robinson: Born 10-8-1911 and played for Eccleshill 1942 to 1944. Enjoyed a first class career with Yorkshire and Somerset 1934 to 1952. Died 10-11-1998.

Emmott Robinson: Born 16-11-1883 played for Bankfoot, Keighley and Pudsey St Lawrence 1916 to 1919 and Yorkshire 1919-1931. Died 17-11-1969.

Philip Edward Robinson: Born 3-8-1963 played for Keighley 1974 to 1981. His first-class career took in spells with Yorkshire and Leicestershire from 1984 to 1995. Coached in South Africa and appointed Community Development Coordinator for Southlands area of New Zealand in 2003.

Ernest Robson: Born 1-5-1870 and played for Idle 1918. His first-class career saw him play for Somerset 1895 to 1923. Died 23-5- 1924.

Joseph Rogers: Born 1875 and played for Eccleshill and Shelf 1903 to 1905 and Bowling Old Lane 1917 to 1919. Recorded as being the first player to score a century in the Bradford League for Eccleshill against Clayton in 1903.

Charles Frederick Root: Born 16-4-1890 played for Bowling Old Lane 1918 and 1919 he , Derbyshire and Worcestershire 1910 to 32, 3 tests for England in 1926 being selected after taking 7 for 42 for the North of England against the touring Australians. On retirement he coached Leicestershire and became the cricket correspondent for a national newspaper. In 1937 published a book ‘A Cricket Pros Lot’. Died 20-1-1954.

Wilson Rose: Played for Brighouse 1976. Goalkeeper for Bradford Park Avenue.

Philip Edgar Russell: Born 9-5-1944 and played for Undercliffe 1966 and Derbyshire 1965 to 1985. After various cricketing jobs in s Africa he had two  spells as coach to KwaZulu, Natal. Kevin Pietersen claimed that it was as a result of Russell leaving him out of the Natal side in 2000 that he made the decision to leave South Africa for the UK. The decision was made as a result of the country’s quota system.

Melville Ryan: Born 23-6-1933 played for Bradford and Lightcliffe 1954 to 1958 and Yorkshire 1954 to 1965. Died 16-11-20

Louis Ryder: Born 28-8-1900 and played for Lightcliffe and Bowling Old Lane 1924 to 1931. Appeared for Yorkshire 1924. Died 24-1-1955.  

Herbert Amos Sedgwick: Born 8-4-1883 played for Saltaire and Laisterdyke 1915 to 1920. Made three appearance for Yorkshire in 1906. Died 28-12-1957.

Arthur Brian Sellers: Born 6-3-1907 played for Keighley 1925 to 1931 and was Yorkshire captain 1933 to 1947. During his captaincy Yorkshire won six championships in eight seasons in the 1930s and another in 1946 before he handed the captaincy to Norman Yardley. Became an England Test selector and was chairman of Yorkshire cricket for 13 years, a difficult period during which he had to deal with the release of Ray Illingworth and Brian Close which led to his resignation. Died 20-2-1981.

James Seymour: Played for Keighley 1920 and Kent 1902 to 1926. Most famous because after he was awarded a benefit against Hampshire at Canterbury in 1920 the Governments right to tax such receipts was challenged. The case eventually went to the House of Lords with a final decision that they were not taxable unless the right to a benefit was stipulated in the player’s contract.  

William Alan Shackleton: Born 9-3-1908 played for Keighley, Pudsey St Lawrence, Bowling Old Lane and Brighouse 1926 to 1953. Played five times for Yorkshire 1928 to 1934. Died 16-11-1971.

Kevin Sharp: Born 6-4-1959 and played for Bingley and Farsley 1975 to 1981. Played first class for Yorkshire and Griqualand from 1976 to19 90. Coached at Yorkshire and then Worcestershire.

Philip John Sharpe: Born 27-12-1936 and played for Bradford and Manningham Mills 1955 to 1959 and 1977 to 1981. Played first class with Yorkshire and Derbyshire 1976 to 1986 and won 12 caps for England between 1963 and 1969. On retirement served on the Yorkshire committee, became an England selector for six years and ran a travel business. Died 19-5-2014.

William Shipman: Born 1-3-1886 and played for Bankfoot 1919 and 1920 and appeared with Leicestershire 1908 to 1921. Died 26 8- 1943.

Steve Silvester: Born 12-3-1951 played for Bowling Old Lane, Undercliffe and Bingley 1978 to 1981 (Manningham Mills later). Made six appearances for Yorkshire 1976/77.

Reginald Thomas Simpson: Born 27-2-1920 played for Baildon Green 194. The opening batsman appeared with Nottinghamshire from 1944 to 1963 and won 27 caps for England between 1948 and 1955. Served on the Nottinghamshire’s committee and as a director of Gunn and Moore. Died 24-11-2013.

Alec Skelding: Born 5-9-1886 and played for Keighley 1921 and, Leicestershire 1912-29. Was a first class umpire from 1931 to 1959. Died 18-4-1960.

Archibald Gilbert Slater: Born 22-11-1890 and played for Bowling Old Lane 1919 and 1920 and Spen Victoria 1940. His first class career was with Derbyshire from 1911 to 1933. Died 22-7-1949.

Thomas Francis Smailes: Born 27-3-1910 and played for Brighouse 1933 and Yorkshire 1932 to 1948. Won one cap for England 1946. Died 1-12-1970.

Kenneth Smales: Born 15-9-1927 and played for Bradford and Pudsey St Lawrence 1947 to 1950. Played first class for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire 1948 to 1958. Died 10-3-2015.

Cedric Ivan James Smith: Born 25-8-1906 and played for Yeadon 1942 to 1944. Played with Middlesex 1934 to 1939 and made five appearances for England 1935-1937. Died 2-2-1979.

David Henry Kilner Smith: Born 29-6-1940 and played for Bradford and Undercliffe 1962 to 1967 and Windhill 1974. His first class career saw him play for Derbyshire and Orange Free State 1965 to 1978.

Denis Smith: Born 24-1-1907 and played for Lidget Green and Windhill 1940 to 1945. Appeared with Derbyshire 1927 to 1952 and played two Tests for England in 1935. Died 12-9-1979.

Neil Smith: Born 1-4-1949 and played for Bradford 1967 and 1968. Was wicketkeeper in Yorkshire 2nd XI and seemed to be the natural successor to Jimmy Binks but he had shaky start to the 1970 season and 18-year-old David Bairstow was given the job and Smith moved to Essex and played for them from 1970 to 1981. Died 3-3-2003.

Rodney Smith: Born 6-4-1944 and played for Hartshead Moor 1969 and 1970. Played five games for Yorkshire in 1969 and 1970.

James Smurthwaite: Born 17-10-1916 and played for Brighouse 1945, Yorkshire 1938 to 1939. Died 20-10-1989.

John Augustine Snow: Born 13-10-1941 and played for Pudsey St Lawrence in 1978. Made his mark with Sussex 1961 to 1977 and later appeared with Warwickshire in 1980. Appeared in 49 tests for England 1965 to 1976. Played in Kerry Packer’s World Series in the late 70s. Was a key member of Ray Illingworth’s Ashes winning tour side 1970/71. Said to be a difficult man to manage he had his run ins with the cricket authorities. He set up a travel agency on retirement.

Helm Spencer: Born 13-12-1891 and played for Windhill 1917 and Eccleshill 1921. Appeared with Lancashire and Glamorgan 1914 to 1925. Died 7-12-1974.

William Amos Spring: Born 17-5-1880 and played for Bankfoot 1917 to 1919, Baildon Green and Windhill 1924 to 1929. Was with Surrey 1906 to 1913. Died 14-3-1958.

Peter John Squires: Born 4-8-1951 and played for Manningham Mills 1979 to 1981. Capped 29 times by England at rugby union he played for Yorkshire 1972 to 1976. Now business Development Manager for Wharfedale Brewery.

Barry Stead: Born 21-6-19 and played for Farsley and Salts 1958 to 1962 and Undercliffe 1978. Made first class appearances for Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Northern Transvaal between 1959 and 1976. Became a publican in Drighlington on retirement. Died 15-4-1980.

Ernest Steele: Born 18-6-1908 and played for Farsley 1933 to 1935. Professional footballer for Rochdale, Oldham, Torquay, Notts County, Millwall, Crystal Palace up to 1939 with one appearance for Colchester in 1946, died in 1972.

Edwin Lloyd St Hill: Born 9-3-1904 and played for East Bierley and Spen Victoria 1935 to1942, Trinidad and Tobago 1923 to 31 and two Tests for West Indies in 1930. Died in Manchester 21-5-1957.

William Bryan Stott: Born 18-7-1934 and played for Yeadon (1949 when 14 years old), Salts and Farsley 1953 to 57, Yorkshire 1952 to 63.

Peter Michael Stringer: Born 23-2-1943 played for East Bierley, Bradford, Pudsey St Lawrence and Spen Victoria 1963 to 1969. Appeared for Yorkshire 1967 to 1969.

Herbert Sutcliffe: Born 24-11-1894 and played for Pudsey St Lawrence 1916. Had an outstanding Yorkshire career from 1919 to 1939 with one match post WW2 in 1945. Appeared in 54 tests for England between 1924 and 1935 with a batting average of 60.73. Said to be one of the best openers ever, formed a great partnership with Sir Jack Hobbs. Served 21 years on Yorkshire committee and three years as a Test selector. Died 22-1-1978.