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Yorkshire Championship writer says it in film

— 15 June 2013

Sports journalist and author Andrew Collomosse, above, who covers Yorkshire matches for the Daily Telegraph, is the guest curator in June for the Yorkshire Film Archive which is presenting several films on its website in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Andrew, who lives in Hebden Bridge, has written on cricket for the Daily Telegraph and several cricket magazines since 1989. He is the author of the much acclaimed Magnificent Seven, the story of Yorkshire’s seven County Championship victories between 1959 and 1968, which followed his seven sports autobiographies written with first-class cricketers Richard Blakey (Yorkshire) and Ian Austin (Lancashire) and footballers Nat Lofthouse, Jimmy Armfield, Neil Redfearn, Peter Swan and Tom Cowan.

A former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express in Manchester, Andrew has been a freelance journalist for 24 years. Before joining the Express he worked on the sports desks of the Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror. His early career, after completing his training on the Wakefield Express series of weekly newspapers, was spent on the Sports Argus, Birmingham, and the Hull Daily Mail.

Wakefield is Andrew’s home city, and it is not surprising, therefore, that the first of his six selections of archive film is The City of Wakefield, 1965, made while he was still living there. The cricket element is brief but poignant, featuring a Yorkshire Second XI match at College Grove where Wakefield Cricket Club played for many years.

Like myself, Andrew has a host of happy memories of times at Scarborough, either reporting Yorkshire cricket from the Press Box or simply enjoying a family holiday, and Having A Wonderful Time, 1960, shows a packed North Marine Ground during a Festival match, plus many other shots taken at the famous seaside resort.

Andrew’s third choice is the Maiden Voyage of the Queen Mary in 1936 and, as with each of his carefully chosen selections, he explains why he has gone for this amateur movie which is part of the Charles Chislett collection.

Cricket holds centre stage in Andrew’s last three selections, which are the first Test of the 1952 series between England and India at Headingley when Len Hutton became England’s first professional captain and Freddie Trueman made his Test debut, taking three wickets in the second innings as the visitors slumped to four wickets for no runs; Raymond Illingworth’s fascinating home movie of cricket and the Ashes tour of Australia, 1958-1959.

All of Andrew’s selections can be viewed on
plus other great cricket footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive Collection run by Graham Relton who can be contacted for further details on 01904-716550.