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Part 6 of the A-Z of Bradford League players 1903-1981

Part 6 of the A-Z of Bradford League players 1903-1981

30 Jul 2020


Harry Taylor: Born 18-12-1900. Played for Bowling Old Lane, Lightcliffe, Great Horton and Undercliffe 1920 to 1945. Had nine games with Yorkshire 1924 and 1925. Died 28-10-1988.

Kenneth Taylor: Born 21-8-1935. Played for Brighouse and Baildon 1953 to 1956, Yorkshire 1953 to 68 and played three Tests for England in 1959. He was selected in 1964 but broke a finger and not picked again. Was part of the Yorkshire team that won seven championships between 1959 and 1968. A fine sportsman, he played professional football with Huddersfield Town under Bill Shankly and was called up for England under-23s. At the age of 21 he was playing both sports and also became an art student in London. While in London he would train at Brentford in the evenings and travel on Friday to wherever Huddersfield were playing at the weekend. After his sporting life he taught art at a school in Norfolk for more than 30 years.

Bertrandt Joseph Tobin: Born 1-11-1910. Played for Pudsey St Lawrence 1940 and appeared 26 times for South Australia between 1930 and 1935. Was picked for the fourth Test against England in the bodyline series of 1932-1933 but ended up as 12th man. At the end of the 1934/35 season in Australia he came to England, married and played mainly in the Lancashire League. Died back in Australia on 19-10-69.

Leslie Fletcher Townsend: Born 8-6-1903. Played for Saltaire and Undercliffe from 1941 to 1945. Played first class for Derbyshire and Auckland between 1922 to 1939. Won four England caps between 1930 and 1934. Died 17-2-1993.

Richard Andrew John Townsley: Born 24-6-1952. Played for Bradford 1973 and Lidget Green 1977 and made two appearances for Yorkshire 1974-75.

Gary Bertram Troup: Born 3-10-1952. Played for Undercliffe 1978, Auckland 1974 to 1987. Capped  15 times for New Zealand between 1976 and 1986.

Herbert Turland: Born 29-8-1894. Played for Windhill 1923 and had two first class games for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Died 3-5-1973

Alban Turner: Born 2-9-1885. Played for Farsley 1921 to 1924 and again in1935. Had nine games for Yorkshire in 1910 and 1911.

Cecil Thomas Tyson: Born 324-1-1889. Played for Tong Park 1913 to 1919 and had five games for Yorkshire between 1921 and 1926. Died 3-4-1940.

Jack Van Geloven: Born 4-1-1934. Played at Lidget Green 1950 to 1954. Made three appearances for  Yorkshire in 1955 before spending 10 seasons at Leicestershire 1956 to 1965. Became a first class umpire. Died 21-8-2003.

Rajah Venkatraman: Born 7-9-1958. Played for Hartshead Moor 1981, 1982 and 1985. He appeared in first class cricket in India for Mumbai (Bombay) 1980 to 1992. On retirement he became a selector and administrator.

William Voce: Born 8-8-1909. Played for Windhill 1943, Nottinghamshire 1927-1952 and won 27 caps for England between 1930 and 1947. On the 1932/33 England tour to Australia, Jardine the England captain countered the superior Australian batting with the ‘Bodyline’ bowling strategy and Voce and Harold Larwood were the fast bowlers who implemented his instructions. Larwood was the leader with Voce backing him up by keeping on the pressure. The tactic became notorious and led to a lot of ill feeling and diplomatic pressure. Larwood never played for England again after the tour and played his last test at Melbourne in 1947. Died 6-6-1984.

Albert Edard Ernest Vogler: Born 28-11-1876 in Cape Province, South Africa. He played for Windhill in 1924, Played first class in South Africa and with Middlesex between 1903 and 1910. Selected on 15 occasions by South ASfrica. Died 9-8-1946.

Abraham Waddington: Born 4-2-1893. Played for Crossley Hall and Laisterdyke from 1910-1915 and 1919.  Played for Yorkshire 1919 to 1927 and won two caps for England in 1920-1921, Was a goalkeeper with Bradford City and Halifax Town. Died 28-10-1959.

Anthony Ashley Harvey-Walker: Born 21-7-1944. Played for Undercliffe 1967 to 1972 and, Derbyshire 1971-78. In a match at Buxton in 1975 the ball was bouncing dangerously on a snow affected pitch when Derbyshire batted, Harvey-Walker is said to have handed the umpire Dickie Bird a handkerchief containing his false teeth. There is a great story and picture on cricinfo of the snow falling during this game. He had several nicknames during his cricket career, at Derbyshire being known as Ashley Hearty Whacker or Ashley Harvey-Wider and in South Africa as Ashley Harvey-Wallbanger. After playing in the Bradford League he emigrated to South Africa and worked as assistant groundsman at the Wanderers, helping to prepare the pitch for the Test against Australia in early 1997, A month later he was shot dead in a bar in Johannesburg. Apparently, a man walked into the bar shouted Harvey-Walker’s name and fired when he responded. It was revealed the deceased had an interest in an inner -ity bar, a business prone to murderous disputes. Died 28-4-1997.

Alan Ward: Born 10-8-1947. Played for Undercliffe 1967, Derbyshire 1966 to 1976 and Leicestershire for a further two years. Was capped five times by England between 1969 and 1976.

John Henry Wardle: Born 8-1-1923. Played for Eccleshill 1946 and 1947. His Yorkshire career spanned the years 1946 to 1957 and won 28 Tests for England from 1948 to 1957. His Test appearances were limited by Tony Lock appearing as Jim Laker’s spin partner but probably also when one sees him described as a maverick, a conjuror, a show off and a joker. In 1958 he made what he admitted was the mistake of his life when in a series of ghosted articles in the Daily Mail he criticised the appointment of Ronnie Burnet as Yorkshire captain believing he was the natural choice. As a result, he was sacked by Yorkshire and had his selection to tour Australia the following winter withdrawn. He was my favourite player at the time but never played first class cricket again, settling for the Lancashire League. Died 23-7-1985.

John Shaw Waring: Born 1-10-42. Played for Bingley 1969 to 1973 and Yorkshire 1963 to 1967.

Cyril Washbrook: Born 6-12-1914. Played for Eccleshill 1942 to 1945 and Lancashire 1933 to 1964. Played 37 Tests for England between 1937 and 1956. Best known as opening partner to Len Hutton and in 51 innings they averaged 60 batting together. He must have thought his Test career had ended in 1951 but in 1956 when he was a selector, he was asked to leave the room and on his return agreed to the other committee members request that he play in the third test at Headingley. In the match England were 17 for 3 when he went in to bat. He scored 98 in a partnership of 187 with Peter May and retained his place in the next match which became known as the Jim Laker Test.

Richard Watmough: Born 1912. Played for Idle 1929 to 1948. Professional footballer for Bradford City, Blackpool and Preston North End. FA Cup winner with Preston in 1938, Died 7-9-1962.

Howarth Watson: Born 26-9-1880. Played for Bowling Old Lane from 1915 to 1929. Appeared 30 times for Yorkshire from 1908 to 1914. Died 24-11-1951.

John Parkin Whitehead: Born 3-9-1925: Played for Pudsey St Lawrence 1952 and first class for Yorkshire and Worcestershire from 1946 to 1955. Died 15-8-2000.

Ralph Whitehead: Born 16-10-1883. Played for Great Horton and Windhill from 1920 to 1923, and Lancashire 1908 to 1914. On debut for Lancashire in 1908 took three first innings wickets and made 131 not out. He was immediately given his county cap between innings. In the visitors’ second innings he was called for throwing four times in his first five balls. The captain removed him from attack but brought him on at other end. The square leg umpire then called him twice. After this match he never had the same impact but was never called again in his career of six years. Died 23-8-1956.

Norman Barrie Whittingham: Born 11-10-1940. Played for Bingley, Queensbury and Saltaire from 1959 to 1971, Nottinghamshire 1962-66.

Howard Gordon Wilcock: Born 26-2-1950. Played for Farsley 1940 and Worcestershire 1971 to 1978.

Sam Wilcock: Played for Pudsey Britannia and East Bierley from 1913 to 1918. Became Mayor of Pudsey.

Benjamin Birdsall Wilson: Born 11-12-1879. Played for Pudsey Britannia 1919 to 1922 and Yorkshire 1906 to 1914. Died 14-9-1957.

Don Wilson: Born 7-8-1937. Played Manningham Mills 1977 to 1981 Played for Yorkshire 1957 to 1974 and won six England caps. Was chief coach for MCC at Lord’s 1974 to 1991. Died 12-7-2012.

George Arthur Wilson: Born 2-2-1916. Played for Saltaire 1941, nd had 15 games for Yorkshire from 1936 to 1939.

John Victor Wilson: Born 17-1-1921. Played for Undercliffe, Bingley, Pudsey St Lawrence, Saltaire and Bowling Old Lane from 1940 to 1949. Played with Yorkshire 1946 to 1962 and in 1960 he took over as county captain from Ronnie Burnet making him the first pro captain since 1882. Yorkshire were champions in 1960 and 1962 under his captaincy. He stood down for 1963 for Brian Close to take over, Died 5-6-2008.

Arthur Wood: Born 25-8-1898. Played for Bradford and Undercliffe between 1923 and 1949. He won four caps for England during a Yorkshire career 1927 to 1948.

Ronald Wood: Born 3-6-1929. Played for Baildon, Lidget Green, Bingley and Windhill from 1956 to 1965. Appeared with Yorkshire 1952 to 1956. Died 22-5-1990.

John Douglas Woodford: Born 8-9-1943. Played for Bowling Old Lane, Spen Victoria and Bankfoot from 1961 to 1973. Was with Yorkshire from 1968 to 1972.

Francis Gerald Woodhead: Born 30-12-1912. Played for Great Horton 1943-1944 and Nottinghamshire 1934 to 50. Died 24-5-1991.

Frank Edward Woolley: Born 27-5-1887. Played for Keighley 1916 to1920. Described as one of the finest and most elegant batsmen of all time, he played for Kent from 1906 to 1938 and appeared in 64 Tests for England. In his first-class career he scored 58,969 runs, took 2.066 wickets and 1.018 catches Died 18-10-1978.

Stephen Christopher Wundke: Born 2-7-1961 and played for Farsley 1981. Played first class cricket for South Australia between 1985 and 1987.