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Title
Gentlemen & players - the death of amateurism in cricket
Author
Charles Williams
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130404

Amateurs versus professionals - a social history and memoir of English cricket from 1953 to 1963.

The inaugural Gentlemen v. Players first-class cricket match was played in 1806, subsequently becoming an annual fixture at Lord's between teams consisting of amateurs (the Gentlemen) and professionals (the Players). The key difference between the amateur and the professional, however, was much more than the obvious one of remuneration. The division was shaped by English class structure, the amateur, who received expenses, being perceived as occupying a higher station in life than the wage-earning professional. The great Yorkshire player Len Hutton, for example, was told he would have to go amateur if he wanted to captain England.

GENTLEMEN & PLAYERS focuses on the final ten years of amateurism and the Gentlemen v. Players fixture, starting with Charles Williams' own presence in the (amateur) Oxbridge teams that included future England captains such as Peter May, Colin Cowdrey and M.J.K. Smith, and concluding with the abolition of amateurism in 1962 when all first-class players became professional. The amateur innings was duly declared closed.

Charles Williams, the author of a richly acclaimed biography of Donald Bradman, has penned a vivid social-history-cum-memoir that reveals an attempt to recreate a Golden Age in post-war Britain, one whose expiry exactly coincided with the beginnings of top-class one-day cricket and a cricket revolution.

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Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel, former industrialist and banker and now a Labour peer, was appointed to a life peerage in 1985. He served on the Opposition front bench from 1986 onwards and was elected Opposition Deputy Leader in 1989. He is one of Britain's most distinguished biographers.

A book about amateur versus professional cricketers is also a social history of the country, so Williams' amusing book, focusing on the final 10 years of the amateur game, is revealing not only about cricket but also about the people and communities who play it.
THE LADY

A book about amateur versus professional cricketers is also a social history of the country, so Williams' amusing book, focusing on the final 10 years of the amateur game, is revealing not only about cricket but also about the people and communities who play it.
THE LADY

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Cricket - England - History - 20th century.|Cricket - Social aspects - England.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xiii, 202 , 8 unnumbered of plates

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