After the miracle of Leeds 1981 England faced the Aussies at Edgbaston. Again they were faced with defeat until Mike Brearley threw the ball to the hero of Headingley Ian Botham who promptly informed his skipper that he didn't want to bowl. But Brearley was able to persuade the young allrounder to take the ball and an amazing spell where Botham took 5 wickets for one run saw England home. Here Botham runs off with a souvenir stump after his heroics had put England in the Ashes driving seat

Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE, born Legendary and genuine all-round England Test cricketer.

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander "Viv" Richards - Voted one of the Five Greatest Cricketers of the Twentieth Century, Sir Viv played 151 Test Matches for the West Indies during their golden era from 1974 to 1991.

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander "Viv" Richards - Voted one of the Five Greatest Cricketers of the Twentieth Century, Sir Viv played 151 Test Matches for the West Indies during their golden era from 1974 to

Graham Gooch OBE DL(Deputy lieutenant). Played 118 tests for England, scoring 8900 runs (42.58).A highest test score of 333 v India at lord's.

Played 118 tests for England, scoring 8900 runs highest test score of 333 v India at lord's.

Mike Gatting (England.) Captained England in the Ashes and made 4 Ashes Test centuries.

) Captained England in the Ashes and made 4 Ashes Test centuries.

Sir Len Hutton - Captain of England during the Fifth Test Match at the Oval, during the Ashes series against Australia in the heady summer of 1938. Hutton made 364 (caught: Hassett bowled: O'Reilly) - still the highest individual Test score by an English batsman - in England's team total of 903 - 7 (declared). England won the match by an innings and 579 runs.

Sir Leonard "Len" Hutton June 1916 – 6 September batting in the in his Yorkshire cap.

Geoffrey Boycott (England.) A controversial batsman, he scored 7 Ashes centuries and is now a successful broadcaster.

) A controversial batsman, he scored 7 Ashes centuries and is now a successful broadcaster.

Stamford Bridge Football Ground, Fulham, 1928

Stamford Bridge Part of the Aerofilms collection found on the Britain from Above site.

Burnden Park, Bolton. I stood in the home end for a Bolton v Villa game. Villa won (yay!) but I mostly remember it for mascot Lofty The Lion being hilarious. But then there's nothing funnier than a mascot showing off and falling over.

Burnden Park, Bolton prior to the arrival of the Reebok stadium

40: Denis Compton - England. Average 50.06. 131 innings.

He also played first-class football for Arsenal.

Leicester City FC - Filbert Street

Leicester City FC - Filbert Street

John Arlott

John Arlott Cricketing Wides, Byes and Slips CD

MOLINEUX GROUND OLD SOUTH BANK

MOLINEUX GROUND OLD SOUTH BANK

Highbury - Arsenal's old ground. Occasionally in the 60s & early 70s I travelled up to London to watch the Gunners - photo http://drexelpublishing.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/highbury_1.jpg

Highbury, the former home to Arsenal.

Jimmy Anderson - England.    426 wickets.

Jimmy Anderson - England. 426 wickets.

West Indian cricketer Clive Lloyd of Lancashire, 22nd May 1970.

West Indian cricketer Clive Lloyd of Lancashire, May

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