Martyn Moxon is one of only 15 men to have scored more than 18,000 first-class runs for Yorkshire. The former opening batsman and county captain also played 10 Test and eight one-day international matches for England prior to his move into coaching.
Moxon scored nearly 30,000 runs in all forms of the game in his 18-year playing career, and he is now Yorkshire’s director of professional cricket, heading up the county’s backroom staff.
He played a significant part in the club’s LV= County Championship title success in 2014, his first such crown as a player or a coach, before doing so again in 2015.
Sandwiched in between his two coaching spells at Headingley, he spent six seasons as the first-team coach at Durham between 2001 and 2007.
Barnsley-born Moxon scored 45 first-class hundreds as a player – 41 of them for Yorkshire – but it should have been 46. His highest Test score was 99 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1988, but he was robbed of three runs early in his innings when the umpire adjudged a sweep that he hit as leg-byes.
His haul of 41 Yorkshire centuries in first-class cricket is bettered only Geoffrey Boycott post the Second World War, earning him a place amongst Yorkshire’s great players.
One of the country’s most respected coaches, he instigated the club’s coaching restructure ahead of the 2012 summer, which saw Jason Gillespie and Paul Farbrace arrive at Headingley to head up the first and second XI coach respectively, and it was an idea that has already reaped its rewards.
1980 – Debuted for Yorkshire, aged 19, in a John Player League match against Gloucestershire at Hull in July, which the hosts won by six wickets. Moxon, due to bat at seven, was not required in the run chase.
1981 – Made his County Championship bow against Essex at Headingley the following June – a three-day match – and opened the batting alongside Richard Lumb. He scored a debut ton in the second innings as Yorkshire followed-on, helping to secure a draw. It remains the highest score by a Yorkshire debutant.
1983 – Scored 153 in a home Roses Championship match against Lancashire with Boycott as his opening partner in August. Played two matches as Yorkshire won the 40-over John Player League title.
1984 – Topped 1,000 first-class runs in an English summer for the first time in his career. The right-hander would go on to do it another 10 times before retirement, including a run of nine successive years from 1987.
1985 – Shared 351 for the first wicket with Boycott in a Championship match at Worcester in July, then the county’s second highest partnership. He hit 168. He made the first of his eight ODI appearances for England against India at Nagpur in January, scoring 70 – his career high at that level.
1986 – Scored two centuries in the same match for Yorkshire against the touring Indian Test team at Scarborough in July, failing to prevent defeat. Earned him his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s later that month, a match in which he scored 74 in his first innings at that level.
1987 – Scored 45 in the B&H Cup final against Northants at Lord’s in July. He and Ashley Metcalfe, one of Yorkshire’s most successful opening partnerships ever, put on 97 in a trophy triumph.
1988 – Scored 40 in the Bicentenary Test between Australia and England at the SCG in January before posting 99 and 81 in a series against New Zealand in Auckland and Wellington respectively in February and March.
1989 – Moxon’s Test career finished against Australia at Nottingham in August with scores of nought and 18, contributing to a final analysis of 455 runs from 10 Tests at an average of 28.43, including three half-centuries.
1990 – Took over from Phil Carrick as Yorkshire captain, his first of six seasons at the helm. It brought the best out of him because he topped 1,600 first-class runs in a season for the first time, including a maiden double ton against Sussex at Eastbourne in August.
1991 – A season-haul of 1,669 runs was a career best, as was his List A score of 141 not out against Glamorgan in the B&H Cup at Cardiff in May.
1994 – Amassed a career best 274 not out against Worcestershire at New Road in August, a ground he had some success at.
1997 – Now partnering Michael Vaughan at the top of the Yorkshire order, he scored 155 in the second innings of a four-day match against the touring Pakistanis in August. It was his last century in the penultimate match of his career before retirement.
1998 – Made the change from player to coach with Yorkshire.
2001 – After three seasons on the Headingley coaching staff, he left his job as the club’s director of coaching to move up the A1 to become Durham’s new first XI coach in January.
2001-2007 – Moxon spent six happy seasons in the North East, where he worked with the likes of Steve Harmison, Paul Collingwood and recent Yorkshire recruit Liam Plunkett.
2007 – He returned home to Yorkshire as their new director of professional cricket in March to team up with former team-mate and new skipper Darren Gough.
2011 – After five seasons at the head of the first XI, on the road with them day in and day out, he decided it was time for a major revamp of the club’s coaching structure. He would move into a role as the head of a five-man coaching team, although Gillespie and Farbrace would do more of the day-to-day coaching work. It worked like a dream during the 2012 summer.
2013 and 2014 – Like Gillespie, Moxon was linked with a move to international cricket, a sign of his standing in the game. He was linked with both the managing director of England cricket and the England team director jobs. But he has also stressed his commitment to the Yorkshire cause. In February 2014, he said: “I want Yorkshire to be successful and help build a squad of players that’s successful over a period of time with Yorkshire. I’ve got plenty of work to do here, and I’m looking forward to it.” His decision to stay at Headingley reaped immediate rewards, with Yorkshire winning their first Championship title since 2001 in the summer of 2014. He described it as the highlight of his entire career, even ranking it above his England appearances as a player.
2015 – Played a similar part in Yorkshire’s successful defence of the Championship title.