Tuesday 8 July 2014 

Woodford brothers celebrate birthday at Edgbaston, 50 years on since first visit

The Woodford brothers on the balcony of the Committee Room on Day 2 of our LV=CC match v Nottinghamshire

Cricket being fun day out for the family certainly rang true for the Woodfords recently when the five brothers celebrated a birthday in Club’s Committee Room, more than 50 years on from their first cricket match at Edgbaston.

Graham, Colin, Rob, Ian and Tony Woodford all grew up at Saltley in Birmingham and were the Club’s guests on Day 2 of our LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire to celebrate Colin’s 65th birthday.

“The first game I can recall was in 1962, watching a Warwickshire team led by MJK Smith with Bob Barber et al,” said Graham Woodford. “We also saw the great team that featured Amiss, Jameson, Kanhai, Murray and Gibbs, which would be a match for any international team at the time.

“Three of us subsequently moved away from Birmingham for work and family reasons, but have all maintained our passion for cricket, by playing and watching the game at recreational level as well as following the progress of the Bears.

“Today has been a fantastic occasion for us brothers to share a few stories of days gone by at Edgbaston and enjoy watching some of the stars of today.”

Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Edgbaston, said: “It’s a great story that we’ve been able to welcome back Graham, Colin, Rob, Ian and Tony to celebrate here at Edgbaston, more than 50 years on since their first visit.

“We’re always keen to hear about anniversaries and stories of note from our Members and supporters and would encourage all to get in touch to see how we can support.”

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