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In Their Own Words - Derbyshire Cricketers in Conversation - Steve Dolman

In Their Own Words - Steve Dolman

During Derbyshire County Cricket Club's long and interesting history, several big names and great players have represented them and this book recounts their stories, in their own words.

From the county's legendary 99-year-old former groundsman Walter Goodyear, the book consists of interviews with personalities from each post-war decade. They include key characters that created some of the club's rich history and they provide their own take on team-mates, opponents, trophy wins, fall-outs and life on the cricket circuit.

Edwin Smith, Harold Rhodes, Brian Jackson, Bob Taylor, Peter Gibbs, Geoff Miller, Wayne Madsen, Graeme Welch, and many more are featured, as are some of the tales below:

  • For the first time, Walter Goodyear's thoughts on several generations of Derbyshire's players from the 1930s to 1980s
  • How Edwin Smith took eight for 21 on his second appearance for the county, but ended up being dropped
  • The throwing controversy that ruined Harold Rhodes' England ambitions, and how he was made the fall guy in the witch hunt that followed
  • Geoff Miller's memories of a career that prepared him for the top job in English cricket
  • Alan Hill and Tony Borrington recall facing the fastest and nastiest quick bowlers in the country
  • Devon Malcolm and his unusual way into the county game and his career highlights (and lowlights)
  • Brian Jackson's career path from league professional to one of the leading seam bowlers in the country
  • John Wright's account of life as an overseas player, and the differences between coaching at county and international level
  • How Peter Gibbs went from a stylish opening batsman to an acclaimed writer
  • Bob Taylor on wicket-keeping, then and now plus the unique way he prepared his gloves
  • How Dean Jones almost won a Championship but lost a dressing room through his abrasive leadership style
  • Eddie Barlow and the way he transformed a run-down club into competitive and dangerous opponents


Steve Dolman, author of the award-winning and successful Peakfan blog on Derbyshire Cricket, has been a fan of the club since 1967 and lives in a quiet, semi-rural village near Glasgow with his wife and two children. His biography of Edwin Smith, written in 2015, was a sell-out and he is now a popular public and after-dinner speaker.


Hardcover, 224 pages

Published: 1st June 2016

RRP: £16.99

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