Henry Blofeld at the home of Scottish Football
Less than a week after hanging up his microphone the colourful Henry Blofeld, the voice of cricket across the world for over half a century, was to be found in the corridors of Hampden Park in Glasgow. Not many people know that the first article he ever wrote was a review of a second eleven football match – a review that was not well received by his headmaster at the time so not the most auspicious start for a glorious career ahead.
In fact, Henry was addressing a sell-out crowd at a fundraising lunch organised by the Scotland Region of the Lord’s Taverners. Fresh from his final broadcast at Lord’s (and lap of honour!) he was bursting to tell us all about his experiences of the day.
“My dear old things! I have to tell someone about it and you are the first people I’ve spoken to since that day”
Henry shared his memories of the day during which he was truly touched by the reception he received from the crowd and his Test Match Special colleagues. The guests at the lunch were entertained by anecdotes from his long career both at home and abroad, with some indiscrete and amusing references to players and colleagues, followed by his plans for the future. Look out for Blowers and Swanny on the road – maybe on the Nottingham bus named after him.
After a rousing auction led by Michael Wheatley who managed to whip the room into a frenzy of bidding Henry returned to the podium to receive questions from the audience put to him by MC and President of the Lord’s Taverners Scotland region Professor David Purdie. After a fine innings with most questions dispatched to the boundary he was finally bowled by a Yorker as he didn’t know the origin of the term. If anybody can supply the answer I’m sure he would be delighted to hear it.
The afternoon’s proceedings were drawn to a close with a vote of thanks by Ammar Ashraf who has just been appointed as the Wicketz Development Officer at Cricket Scotland; a post funded in part by the Lord’s Taverners.
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