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14 Oct

Wilfred Rhodes England cap donated to YCF Museum

The Yorkshire Cricket Museum has been handed a rare piece of memorabilia belonging to the late great Wilfred Rhodes.

An England cap, belonging to Rhodes, a Yorkshire and England cricketing legend, has been officially presented by Rachael Attwell – the daughter of the late David Drabble, who co-founded the Sheffield Cricket Lovers’ Society, along with his father, in 1960.

The cap had been in the possession of Mr Drabble for more than 50 years after he was given the cap by Rhodes at a special presentation dinner at the Sheffield Cricket Lovers’ Society in the 60s, where Rhodes was honored for his achievements in cricket.

The cap was then re-discovered in 2019 by Mrs Attwell and her family when her father passed away in 2019.

It is a very important piece of cricket memorabilia… we decided as a family that we wanted this to go on and have a link to Dad in the best way. – Rachael Attwell

In handing over the cap, Mrs Attwell said: “We knew this was really special to Dad and he often spoke about the cap.

“It is a very important piece of cricket memorabilia and may have fetched a considerable sum of money had it been sold, but we decided as a family that we wanted this to go on and have a link to Dad in the best way.

“The best way to do that was to donate it to the Yorkshire Cricket Museum so it can be on display at Headingley where it can be seen and enjoyed by all who are interested in Yorkshire’s rich history.”

For Yorkshire Wilfred Rhodes scored 31,075 runs, averaging 30 an innings; and captured 3,598 wickets for his native county in a career which spanned 1898-1930. And for England Rhodes amassed 2,000 runs, and took 127 wickets.

The cap was presented to Charlotte Hughes, the Heritage Manager for Yorkshire Cricket Museum, at the recent Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Championship match against Essex at Headingley.

Charlotte Hughes, Heritage Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be presented with this rare and special cap on behalf of the Yorkshire Cricket Museum.

“We are very grateful to Rachel and her family and the cap has a special place in our extensive collection here at Headingley.

“It is an absolute treasure and the cricket loving community throughout the world will be fascinated by this , as will all Yorkshire members and fans.

“It is a rare piece of cricketing memorabilia from one of the greatest Yorkshire cricketers of the 20th century.”

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