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‘Ten Drunks and a Parson’?: The Victorian Professional Cricketer Reconsidered

Light, Rob (2005) ‘Ten Drunks and a Parson’?: The Victorian Professional Cricketer Reconsidered. Sport in History, 25 (1). pp. 60-76. ISSN 1746-0263

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Abstract

By focusing largely upon the West Riding of Yorkshire and its contemporary local press, this paper examines the role of the professional player in nineteenth century cricket. It examines how they developed careers in cricket, as the sport's popularity grew on a local, national and international basis. These broadening opportunities are related to the predominance of professionals before the 1870s, when they contributed much to the way the sport was to subsequently develop. The paper then discusses why cricket's historiography has commonly viewed early professionals only as self-interested and ill disciplined individuals. This is related to the predominance of amateur values in cricket, which meant that, although tolerated, the sport's professionals were subjugated by a set of restrictive regulations between the 1870s and the 1960s. Finally, it is suggested that by looking beyond cricket's mainstream nineteenth century source material, a more accurate assessment of the game's development can be made.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Robert Light
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2011 10:23
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 10:23
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11378

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