Simmo: Cricket Then and Now

Simmo: Cricket Then and Now

Simmo: Cricket Then and Now

Simmo: Cricket Then and Now

Synopsis

Bob Simpson has had a longer career as player and coach than anyone else in Australian cricket. He holds strong and well researched views on numerous cricket issues and controversies, and has written some wonderfully intimate pen portraits of great players.

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I’m not exactly sure where my natural affinity with cricket came from. Until my two older brothers and I fell in love with the game when we were kids in the 1940s, there was no cricket heritage in the Simpson family. My parents were from Scotland, where Dad had played top-level football for Stenhousemuir and Falkirk in the Scottish League. My parents emigrated to Sydney before I was born, and I can vividly remember following Dad down to Arlington Park, at Dulwich Hill, not far from our home in the suburb of Marrickville, to watch some of his old soccer mates play in the Sydney First Division. To an impressionable seven or eight year old, Arlington Park in those days was London’s Wembley Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park and the Sydney Cricket Ground all rolled into one. I was amazed many years later when I went back there and saw it was so tiny!

Dad had no cricket blood in him and was probably hopeful that one or more of his children would become a footballer of some ability. But when we took to cricket like so many other Sydney schoolboys did, he was always encouraging us—not least I imagine because we were playing a sport of some kind. I reckon most parents, if they played sport as a child, remember the value of that activity, and are thus happy to see their children going down a similar path. Being the youngest of three boys, inevitably I followed in many of my . . .

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