Neville Turner is a modern day Renaissance man. A retired legal academic with a specialist interest in family law, an outstanding jazz pianist, a lover of languages –he speaks five as well as being versed in classical Latin and Greek, a lover of music in nearly all its forms (except rock) and of literature, he also has a passion for cricket and soccer as well as being a keen competitive tennis player with the Heathmont Tennis Club. A former president of the Australian Society for Sports History and the Victorian branch of the Australian Cricket Society, he has published two books on sport, Football, the Pain and the Pleasure, the World Cup Diaries and Addicted to Cricket: Essays on the game. Abbove everytjhing else, he has remained a Lancastrian in both soccer, and cricket.
Neville at a Test Match in Bangalore
“A Neronic Piece of Grandiloquence” by J. Neville Turner, from Baggy Green,by Bernard Whimpress, 2016
One of my favourite ties was acquired at Old Trafford, the home of my beloved Lancashire Cricket Club. Its centrepiece is a facsimile of the Pavilion. This is surrounded by the crests of the, then, eight Test playing countries. It was woven to celebrate the centenary of Test cricket at Old Trafford in 1984. The Pavilion at the ground is a handsome Victorian edifice. It is, however, inconveniently placed − at square leg. It is incommodious. Although it contains some priceless texts the Library is arranged in a haphazard way. It is too small to accommodate more than 1000 books. The ‘Long Room’ holds about twenty people.
Old Trafford has undergone some major reconstruction, including a massive hotel which overlooks the ground. No doubt, capacity and comfort for members would greatly have been enhanced if this reconstruction had included bulldozing the Pavilion. Read the rest of this entry ?