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I'm a director of Maidenhead United Football Club. For ten seasons one of my roles at the club was to produce the match programme. The aim of this blog was to write football related articles for publication in the match programme. In particular I like to write about the representation of football in popular culture, specifically music, film/TV and literature. I also write about matches I attend which generally feature Maidenhead United.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Goodbye Boil

England lost one of its greatest allrounders when Trevor Bailey died last week.  Although he was somewhat the antithesis of all action successors Andrew Flintoff and Ian Botham his international record speaks for itself, passing the all rounder's test of having a higher batting average than his bowling average.
One of the last cricketing amateurs he was also a fine non league footballer, playing for Leytonstone and winning the Amateur Cup with Walthamstow Avenue in 1952 (pictured above, Bailey on the far right).  The following year he was part of the Avenue team that drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford in a Fourth round tie, losing the replay 5-2 at Highbury.  With far from corinthian Crawley Town making the same trip north next week, Bailey's passing is reminder of a very different age.

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