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For our next meeting, we welcome ‘The Bank Clerk who went to War’ – David Stanley Steele. Playing only 8 Tests for England in the summers of 1975/76, David became an overnight hero by standing up to some of the most famous fast bowlers that have ever lived, playing the likes of Lillee, Thomson and Holding off of the front foot. David was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1975, and went on to score a century against the West Indies in the summer of 1976. David was 33 when Tony Greig gave him the nod at selection, and his stunning grey hair put him many years ahead of his actual age. Combined with his steel rimmed glasses, it led Jeff Thomson to make the comment ‘Who have we got here Groucho Marks?’ when he eventually arrived on to the Lords pitch (eventually as he got lost in the Pavillion after going down too many flights of stairs and ended up in the basement!). After averaging 42 for England, David was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1976, and finally finished his career for Nothants in 1985 scoring over 22,000 first class runs. The evening is sure to be entertaining with David giving us an insight into the life he has had and the horrors he faced!
The evening takes place at our usual location on the 19th October 2016. There is a buffet provided at a cost of £3 to members and £6 to non members.