Yorkshire and Back: The Autobiography of Ray Illingworth - Ray Illingworth; Don Mosey;Queen Anne Press, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges and slightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The son of a joiner and cabinet-maker, Ray Illingworth was born and brought up in Pudsey, in Yorkshire’s industrial West Riding. He learned his cricket amidst the rows of terraced houses and on the improvised wickets of local recreation grounds, with the gospel of the Yorkshire professional, ‘we don’t play for fun’, as his battle-cry. That same philosophy he took from Yorkshire to Leicestershire, where his captaincy played a major part in the transformation of a chopping-block county into county champions. He took it to Australia, as England’s captain, and brought back the Ashes
- but not before he had led the team off the field in Sydney, when the players’ safety was endangered by a drunken mob. He took on the whole feudal might of the Yorkshire committee to fight a one-man campaign to have the system of players’ contracts reviewed. Though he found it necessary to resign when this was unsuccessful, who could argue that he had really failed when he was recalled ten years later as Yorkshire’s first ever cricket manager? He arrived back at Headingley in an atmosphere of raging controversy — not at his appointment, but at the replacement of Geoff Boycott as the county captain — and very quickly he found that he was expected to work miracles almost overnight.
Throughout his playing career, Ray Illingworth
- Raymond to his family and close friends, Illy to the cricketing world — was renowned as a fighter, a grafter, and a man who hated to lose. He fought his way through junior sides, League cricket and the county first XI to become one of the shrewdest and most respected England captains of all time. Then came the toughest fight of all — to bring back greatness to a county accustomed to success and glory, but a county now enduring its longest period without success in a century. Ray Illingworth tells the full story of how he is tackling that task, as well as describing all the others that he has faced during long and distinguished service with Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England. His story is told with the same frankness, the same dislike of hypocrisy, the same refusal to suffer fools gladly, which characterised his playing career.”