George Thompson: A Very Useful Man
by Andrew Radd
In lauding Northampton-born George Thompson as one of its ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’, Wisden highlighted the professional’s extraordinary role in Northamptonshire’s rise to first-class status in 1905. Put simply, Thompson took the county into English cricket’s top-flight through sheer weight of runs and wickets in the Minor Counties competition, and then helped make them a serious force in the County Championship before the First World War.
One of the most widely travelled players of his era – to New Zealand, Australia, West Indies, South Africa and even, briefly the United States – Thompson played Test cricket for England at home and abroad. He recovered from serious illness to resume his county career and, in unlikely circumstances, umpired at Test level.
In this deeply researched book, Northamptonshire journalist, author and broadcaster Andrew Radd tells the story of a ‘copper-bottomed local-sporting hero’ who achieved national and international prominence.