Tony Hannan and Mike Latham Confirmed for NSHD
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are pleased to announce two further guest speakers for our Sporting Heritage Reminiscence event taking place on Wednesday 30th September.
Speaking about his background Tony commented,
“ I was born in 1963, I grew up in Bradford and cricket was a big part of the family background – father and brother both decent Bradford League and Central League cricketers. I played as a teenager with Jer Lane in the Central and Evening League, plus the juniors of course. I wasn’t as good as they were – went to work abroad in the mid 1980s and then on my return at the T&A which involved working Saturdays so that put an end to that”.
“Long time spectator of the game, though England and local cricket mainly, never really got into county cricket for some reason, other than to look out for the results like all good Yorkshiremen. Been to Australia four times and watched Tests on every occasion, not just Ashes, also Aus v India and South Africa”.
“Workwise – The Wicket Men is my first book about cricket, although there was a chapter in Slouching Towards Blubberhouses, my book about Yorkshireness. As co-founder of Scratching Shed, we published Mick Pope’s Headingley Ghosts in 2013. I also put together the Cumberland yearbook annually and have done for five years (hence my access for Wicket Men), plus I’ve done the Northern Premier League handbook for a decade”.
For much of the past forty years he has researched the history of Rugby League, Cricket and Football, often on microfilm readers in libraries, explaining why he wears thick glasses and blinks in daylight.
He has written for a considerable number of local and national newspapers, including the Guardian and Independent and other books, magazines and sporting publications. He was appointed Chairman of the Association of Sports Historians upon its formation in 1993.
For 12 years until 2008 he hosted a weekly, hour-long Rugby League programme on BBC Radio Lancashire and he also reported on local cricket for the station as well as hosting a weekly cricket programme for several years.
A self-confessed ‘groundhopper’ he completed visits to all the current English, Welsh and Scottish Football League and Rugby League grounds during 2005 and has ‘ticked off’ over 3,000 soccer, cricket and rugby grounds, but these days, when not watching Leigh Centurions, prefers watching local cricket with his Border Collie, Toby.
Mike is author of several books relating to the history of Cricket, Rugby League and Football, a flavour of the books he has written on Cricket below:
Northern Premier Cricket League Yearbooks 2010-2014 (editor), (Scratching Shed Publishing)
Double Top, Leyland Cricket Club Commemorative Yearbook 2010 Season (with Ian Farrington) (Rel8 Media, 2010)
Cumberland County Cricket Club: A Comprehensive History (Rel8 Media, 2011)
Cumberland County Cricket Club Yearbooks (editor) 2011 to 2019 (Rel8 Media and Scratching Shed Publishing)