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Cricket Foundation

Sporting Heritage Day 2020

Sporting Heritage Day – Wednesday 30th September

If you enjoy talking about your cricket and wider sporting memories this session is for you! The Zoom link will be circulated to all who register, please note places are limited so don’t miss out.

Since Covid-19 hit the country, you might have found yourself reminiscing about your own sporting achievements or fixtures which you might have attended. We encourage people to share their cricket memories and talk about sport in general, whilst connecting with others who share the same passion. For this special session we also have several guests to join the conversation, have a chat with them and see where the conversations go. If you like sporting history and memories, you are in for an interesting evening.

This event will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 30th September.

Special Guests – Jonathan Doidge, Tony Hannan and Mike Latham, with the possibility of one other TBC.

Please register via the Eventbrite link below, all who register will be sent the Zoom link prior to the event:


Guest Biographies

Jonathan Doidge has been a self-confessed ‘sports nut’ since childhood and has worked as a sports broadcaster, writer and event host for the past 24 years. He has mainly covered rugby league, football, horse racing and cricket, and in recent years has been able to call upon his lifelong love of cricket as a frustrated amateur player by becoming the BBC’s Yorkshire CCC correspondent.

In his youth, Jonathan played for Pudsey St Lawrence and represented the Bradford League’s junior age group teams, touring Barbados with them in 1986 in a team that included subsequent Test and county players Michael Smith, David Leatherdale, Simon Kellett, along with brother Matthew.

Jonathan has been involved with several clubs in both the Bradford and Airedale & Wharefedale Leagues. He still turns out for his home village of Rawdon (“when they are desperate!”), the former home of the late, great Hedley Verity, and has continued involvement with Pudsey St Lawrence through his son’s own junior cricketing exploits.

Among Jonathan’s favourite days watching sport was sitting at Headingley with David Leatherdale in 1981, while Ian Botham and Graham Dilley peppered the boundary, and he says that there is nothing more that he would love as the BBC Yorkshire commentator than to ‘call’ his beloved county to a championship or T20 trophy win.

Between now and next season he will be recording more episodes of his podcast, “Sporting Lives with Jonathan Doidge”. There are already several episodes available for you to enjoy on Youtube and Podbean/iTunes.

Tony Hannan

Born in 1963, grew up in Bradford, cricket a big part of the family background – father and brother both decent Bradford League and Central League cricketers. Tony played as a teenager with Jer Lane in the Central and Evening League, plus the juniors of course.

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. He has been to Australia four times and watched Tests on every occasion, not just Ashes, also Australia v India and South Africa.

Wicket Men is his first book about cricket, although there was a chapter in Slouching Towards Blubberhouses, his book about Yorkshireness. As co-founder of Scratching Shed, they published Mick Pope’s Headingley Ghosts in 2013. He also put together the Cumberland yearbook annually and has done for five years (hence access for Wicket Men), plus he has done the Northern Premier League handbook for a decade.

Mike Latham

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)