Saturday, July 01, 2006

IM Frederick Sewards Trueman 1 July 2006

T'finest bloody fast bowler that ever drew breath.
Frederick Sewards Trueman, when asked how he wanted to be remembered.

-..and I have tearful eyes. He was the first bowler to take 300 test wickets. My youthful memory is black and white TV, Fred at one end Statham at the other opening for England. I saw him bowl several times but regrettably, never on a wicket that suited him

BBC obituary said

Stories about Trueman became the stuff of legend.

On one occasion, when an opposition batsman walked through
the gate onto the outfield, he was told: "Don't bother
shutting it. You'll be back soon."

And when a Cambridge
University student he had just
bowled said "That was a very
good ball, Mr Trueman", he
responded with "Ay, wasted on
thee."

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