The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is delighted to announce that, following several generous contributions from Yorkshire County Cricket Club Members, it has secured an exceptional and outstanding archive of memorabilia and correspondence relating to Brian Close from his family.

One of Yorkshire cricket’s favourite sons – and one of its most iconic and successful cricketers – Dennis Brian Close CBE was born in Rawdon near Leeds on 24 February 1931. The charismatic Close was revered and respected by both Yorkshire folk and the world’s cricketing community.

He was widely considered to be one of the bravest cricketers ever to play the game anywhere in the world. He was a fearless fielder in ‘suicidal’ positions close to the bat and would never flinch when facing up to the fastest and most lethal bowling. Who could ever forget the battering that Close took from Michael Holding during the 1976 Test series against the West Indies, and the fearless way he dealt with this onslaught?

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