Monday, 23 October 2017

8 November 2017 - Geoff Cope

Geoff Cope has been involved with Yorkshire cricket for over half a century. His story is full of ups and downs: early success followed by repeated bans for 'throwing' and time spent remodelling his bowling action; a Test match hat-trick snatched from his grasp by captain Mike Brearley at Lahore in 1977; his friendship with Colin Graves and part in the 'Gang of Four' that rescued Yorkshire from bankruptcy; and the gradual loss of eyesight through retinitis pigmentosa that now leaves him reliant on a guide dog. Geoff has long been one of cricket's most accomplished raconteurs, with a wonderful memory and a gift for bringing the past alive. Now, in his new biography, In Sunshine and in Shadow, he talks movingly and humourously about his life and the many characters he has known - Close, Boycott, Illingworth, Trueman, Wardle and all. 

Signed copies of In Sunshine and in Shadow will be available on the night - price £16 (cash OR cheque payable to Geoff Cope).

... a compelling and often comical insight into the Yorkshire side of his playing days ... undoubtedly the cricket book of 2017. [Read more ...]
Chris Waters, Yorkshire Post

... this splendid book ... contains a host of anecdotes, many of which have never been heard before ... one of the most readable sports books in many years. [Read more ...]
YCCC website 

... There have been few more easy-going Yorkshire cricketers ... nor many with a greater fund of gently amusing stories designed to convey an abiding love for the game ... a delightful rendition of a [cricketing] life ... [Read more ...]
David Hopps, ESPNcricinfo 

Join the conversation - everyone welcome!

 £15 a year / £5 a meeting   

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD - 7.45pm

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including YCCC match tickets 

More information: email - ercsoc@gmail.com / call Maggie Sumner (Secretary) - 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2017-18 
2017
11 October: David Smith, Warwickshire opener (1973-85); Chief Executive, Leics (2008-10), Northants (2012-14)
8 November: Geoff Cope, Yorkshire CCC & England, In Sunshine and in Shadow
13 December: James Buttler, Following On: In the Footsteps of Cricketing Fathers (+ AGM 7.15pm) 

2018
10 January: Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire CCC Director of Cricket
14 February: Andrew Gale, Yorkshire CCC 1st XI coach
14 March: TBC