"They are all freaks. Dhoni's heart rate under pressure is that of a medical marvel, Gilchrist changed cricket forever and de Villiers has so much talent that he would probably score big runs if you made him bat with wicketkeeping gloves on."
I don't think Wheatcroft understands that obsessing about the past isn't the same as understanding it or placing things in context. That's where this collection is different to that of, say, the Imperial War Museum. There is a historical value to many of the objects but it's not what he thinks it is.
There's a certain credulity about many of his claims for the object he owns which makes me wonder how much of it is just wishful thinking on his part. Quite a lot I suspect.
Dobell again and this is very good too. Moores' point about bringing through players is clear and was after his first spell. He exaggerates the Test form in my view (India gave up last Summer) but I have much more sympathy with what he was trying to achieve after reading this.
this is our recent record:, it was written after the Stevenage game so it doesn't include Crawley.
Ignominious League Cup Exits by Steve_M7 Aug 11:31 Last night was just one of many over the last decade, one more facet of our slide to mediocrity.
The full list since relegation is:
02-03: Liverpool 4th round
03-04: Notts County 2nd round
04-05: Doncaster 2nd round
05-06 Yeovil 1st round
06-07 Peterborough 1st round
07-08 'MK Dons' 1st round
08-09 Wigan 3rd round
09-10: Peterborough 2nd round
10-11: Arsenal, semi final
11-12: Northampton 1st round
12-13: Carlisle 2nd round
13-14: Stevenage 1st round
Only three runs of any note, and 08-09 was so memorable I had forgotten about it, and even when we got to the semi-final we made hard work of beating Exeter and Crewe.
It is quite an extraordinarily poor record, eight exits to lower division teams in 12 seasons.
And yet, I'm still hoping for an easily accessible game, preferably a new ground, so I can go and see this year's defeat.