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LITERATURE: THE ART OF JACK RUSSELL,
GLOUCESTERSHIRE: JR MARKETING, 2013, PAGES 121 & 122
EXHIBITED: 'JACK RUSSELL: ARTIST & CRICKETER', AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2018, NO 8
This is how Headingley looked when I first played there in the early 1980’s. Geoffrey Boycott and Ray Illingworth were still playing and bottles of beer were on the player’s tables at lunchtime! There was always enough food available to feed an army. I watched in amazement one lunchtime as Geoffrey (who was not out at the time) ate a full Sunday roast, including two Yorkshire puddings! He had to 'fuel up' for a long bat he told me a few years later.
The ground looked pretty much like this when Sir Ian Botham and the rest of the England team performed a miracle to beat Australia in 1981. The legend of Botham’s Ashes was born.