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Field of Dreams 150 Years at the County Ground

To celebrate 150 years of the establishment of Sussex County Cricket Club’s ground at Eaton Road, Patrick Ferriday and James Mettyear’s have written “Field of Dreams”, with a foreword by MCC President Clare Connor.

A limited edition of 150 presentation copies signed by Clare Connor, John Barclay, Chris Adams and Rob Andrew is available at £45.

The hardback edition, priced at £17, is available from Von Krumm Publishing, in local bookshops and from the Sussex Cricket shop.

For further details or to order a signed copy, contact Jon Filby using the contact form below.

Murray Goodwin. A modern-day Sussex great

Sussex Cricket Museum is very pleased to publish “Murray Goodwin. A modern-day Sussex Great” by Bruce Talbot. This is a limited edition of 150 copies signed by Murray Goodwin and is available at £15  with all profits going towards the running of the Sussex Cricket Museum. To order your copy contact Jon Filby using the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

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A Treasure Trove at Hove by David Stoner

The unfolding story of the Club’s lowly library to magnificent museum. The fascinating and much overdue story of the long and often tortuous journey of the Sussex County Cricket Club Library from its humble pre-war origins through to its transition and reopening as a magnificent museum is revealed in this absorbing book.

But much more than that, David’s detailed research has unearthed countless interesting and lesser-known occurrences and events in the history of the Sussex club in the last 70 years or so. As a former Club Treasurer, a current Vice President and long-term devotee of the Library, David is able to impart a wealth of knowledge on the evolution and difficulties encountered by the former Library on this perilous voyage, and its transformation into an award-winning museum.

This is a ‘must read’ for all Sussex Cricket supporters. 92 pages in a perfect bound book which is now on sale from the Sussex Cricket Museum at £12.00 (plus £2.00 p&p). Use the Contact Form at the bottom of the page to order your copy from Jon Filby.

Prince Philip, Cricket’s Royal Duke

To coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the birth of HRH Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on June 10 2021, Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust is very pleased to announce the publication of “Prince Philip, Cricket’s Royal Duke” edited by Jon Filby, Nicholas Sharp and Roger Packham.

We are very grateful to Sir John Major, Ted Dexter, Robin Marlar and Colin Maynard for providing most interesting contributions which reveal the Duke’s passion for cricket, his skill as an off-break bowler and, above all, his deep understanding of the ability of cricket to make a positive impact on lives and communities around the world.

In this well-illustrated booklet, Colin Maynard tells the stories of Royal visits to Lord’s, Ted Dexter recalls the many times that through cricket and golf he met The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family and Robin Marlar describes the two great matches played at Arundel in the 1950s between the Duke of Edinburgh’s team and the Duke of Norfolk’s team, together with a fascinating number of related anecdotes and insights into the life of one of our country’s most extraordinary men.

All profits from the sale of this booklet will go to the running of the Sussex Cricket Museum.

Copies are available from Jon Filby at £14 each, which includes postage, or can be delivered in the Brighton and Hove area at £12 each. Please use the Contact Form below to order your copy from Jon.


Golden Minnows in the World Cup’ by Robin Marlar

This publication is in the usual museum style. It is however a new venture for us. Robin Marlar, who is a huge supporter of the museum, approached us last year to see if we would be willing to publish a booklet he wanted to write. We said yes and the booklet is titled – Golden Minnows in the World Cup 2019. Afghanistan and Bangladesh hit the big time. It is in my view a most interesting read. It is just under 50 pages and has some lovely photographs many taken by the well-known Graham Morris. Robin Marlar with others took a great interest in the progress of cricket in those two countries. He for instance turned up in Dhaka to speak to the Sports Minister high up in a Government building – no lifts. He found himself in a large room and in front of him were several Russians making their case to the Sports Minister, with bulging brief cases offering vast sums for football in Bangladesh. When Robin’s turn came It transpired that the Sports Minister was a cricket fanatic and MCC tours were in due course arranged. As one would expect from a cricket writer of The Sunday Times it is a very good read and covers ground one might not expect.

The booklet is issued in a limited edition of 500 copies all signed by Robin Marlar. The cost is £10 plus postage of £2.50. It can also be collected from the museum.


On The Level’  Cricket and Society in 18th Century Brighton by John Goulstone

The latest issue from the publishing arm of the Sussex Cricket Museum is a scholarly written and beautifully produced 108 page book on cricket in late 18th–century Brighton, titled ‘On the Level’.

‘It was not until about 1790 that the Level just north of Brighton became a fashionable centre for cricket. Here we look at some of the personalities, respectable and not so respectable, actively engaged in or else attending matches during this period, along with the more raffish elements’ scandals, pranks, bizarre wagers and other escapades which in turn both amused and annoyed the town’s inhabitants. Following a glance at the Prince’s early experiences on the cricket field, the five key seasons from 1788 to 1792 are examined in sequence with entries arranged in diary form and biographical profiles inserted at the end of each year’.

Newspaper reports and numerous notices have been re published in cricket books, and many of these are quoted, along with ‘new’ references culled from both London and provincial papers, with other actual or near contemporary source materials. Some original scorecards of the matches are reproduced along with 30 illustrations, many in full colour.

About the Author

The most important writer on early cricketing history is John Goulstone. He was born in September 1939 in Bexleyheath and spends much of his time researching archives for early cricket references. On this subject he has had published several books, and numerous booklets and articles.

He is the authority on 18th century cricket, and the Sussex Cricket Museum is proud to publish his latest book ‘On the Level’.

The book is published in two limited editions:

50 copies in hardback at £80.00 each, just a few copies left

Softback edition SOLD OUT

The Sussex Cricket Museum

The Sussex Cricket Museum by Nicholas Sharp is the latest booklet published by the Museum, and gives an excellent survey of the hurdles faced by the Museum in its early days and the story behind some of its more famous exhibits.  Nicholas is a trustee and a volunteer at the Museum and is ideally placed to write about the current collection. He gives us details of all the publications the Museum has produced – an important role in furthering understanding of Sussex cricket and in bringing in well needed funds to the Museum. A huge bonus to the Museum’s development was the auction of the Robin Marlar collection and how this happened is well documented in the booklet. The Museum collection includes many paintings and Nicholas has explained how some of these paintings came into the collection. The booklet is well illustrated with many photographs of the Museum’s exhibits, including Ranji, Arthur Gilligan and George Cox senior. The booklet would make an excellent accompaniment to a visit to the Museum or a good read about some of Sussex Cricket’s memorabilia.

The Booklet costs £12 or £14 with postage.

Batting for the Poor by David Sheppard

David Sheppard is a Sussex legend. He made his debut for the first XI a few days after leaving school in 1947, and will always be remembered for his captaincy of the 1953 side which came so close to winning the county Championship for the first time in the county’s history. Selected for England while still at Cambridge, he played 22 times for his country, twice as captain. He set records at Cambridge for the most runs and centuries in a season which will never be beaten. Sheppard shocked he cricket world by stepping back from the game, at the height of his career, to be ordained into the Church of England.

Despite playing First Class cricket only occasionally he continued to be selected for both Sussex and England, scoring a century in the ‘Laker’ test of 1956 and another at Melbourne during the 1962/63 MCC tour. Off the field, he was the first player to refuse to play against a South African team selected from only the country’s minority white population, and his leading role in the ‘D’Oliveira affair’, and campaign to stop the 1970 South African tour did much to bring an end to the apartheid regime. In the Church, Sheppard’s work as a warden of the Mayflower Family Centre in Canning Town, and later as Bishop of Liverpool, continued to keep him in the public eye. In Liverpool he formed a ground-breaking partnership with his Roman Catholic counterpart, Archbishop Derek Worlock, and the two played a major role in transforming the city’s fortunes during their 20 years together. Following his retirement in 1997, Sheppard was awarded a life peerage, and he was President of Sussex from 2001-3. He died aged 75, in 2005.

This book covers Sheppard’s life in cricket and the church in full. T he author, Andrew Bradstock, has had full access to Sheppard’s private papers and he also draws on other archives including those in the Sussex Cricket Museum. The foreword has been provided by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The hardback book is available at £15

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Pamphlets priced at £5 each

Phil Salt and Tom Haines – Two maiden centuries in the same innings – Sussex v Durham at Arundel (limited edition of 50 – signed by Phil Salt and Tom Haines). By Paul Edwards (2018)

Booklets

Don Smith-Sussex and England Cricketer-The Entertainer. Limited edition 150 copies signed by Don Smith Available at £18 each Published 2019

A Failed Experiment? Sussex CCC Second XI as a Minor County by David Jeater, signed by Jim Parks and author, available at £12

Mark Robinson – An Appreciation (limited edition of 150 – signed by Mark Robinson, Mike Yardy and Tony Cottey ) (2016) Copies £7 Each

A celebration lunch for Robin Marlar and Jim Parks – 80th Birthdays – Hove – 5th June 2011 (limited Edition of 150 of which 1-80 were signed by Marlar and Parks). Unsigned copies are still available at £5

Rupert Webb, Goodbye old friend, a commemoration of the life of Rupert Webb, available at £5

Celebration Special menus

Dinner with Justin Langer, Cricket Australia Head Coach, pamphlet available at £5

Richard Barrow Celebration Dinner (2019) (limited edition of 25) £5 Each


Should you be interested in any of the above please contact Jon Filby at the Sussex Cricket Museum using the contact form below.

Jon Filby