Cricketing Clerics Package A
Anthony Bradbury’s latest work, Frank Gillingham: Clerical Cricketer or Cricketing Clergyman? describes a stylish attacking batsman for Essex either side of the First World War who was also a London curate for many years. His accomplishments included a double-century at Lord’s and duty as Chaplain to the Royal Household, as well as a role in some of the first live radio broadcasts on cricket.
Bradbury has also written the biography of Reverend ES Carter: A Yorkshire Cricketing Cleric, who introduced Lord Hawke to Yorkshire cricket. Although he appeared in only a handful of first-class matches for Yorkshire, Edmund Carter played for Oxford University in the 1860s, in Victoria as a young man, and in West London, before the bulk of his life’s work as a clergyman in the shadow of York Minster.
In George Raikes: Muscular Christianity? Stephen Musk tells the story of a man of many parts: Raikes kept goal for Oxford University and England at football before becoming a vicar and an early googly bowler. In his cricket career, Raikes led Norfolk to two Minor County Championships before the First World War.