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Five Trophies and a Funeral

The Building and Rebuilding of Durham County Cricket Club



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Five Trophies and a Funeral: The Building and Rebuilding of Durham County Cricket Club is the story of how English cricket's youngest first-class county quickly became the country's top team, before overstretching themselves financially to the brink of extinction. When Durham joined the professional game in 1992 they aspired to be a major on-field force and a home to top international cricket. The high demands put on them as a condition of entry, together with their own lofty ambitions, pushed the club to five major trophies in seven seasons while providing England with top-quality players reared in the North East. But striving for ever more at a time of economic downturn led them to live beyond their means, and they were heavily punished for overspending that the authorities partly encouraged. Now they are looking to restore past glories under the chairmanship of Sir Ian Botham. Part fairy tale, part cautionary story, Five Trophies explains how Durham arrived where they are, and where they aim to go next.

Product code: 9781785314889

ISBN 9781785314889
Publisher Pitch Publishing Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H240xW160
No. Of Pages 352
Five Trophies and a Funeral examines how a cricketing fairy tale became a cautionary story for sports clubs, and asks 'what next?' for Durham CCC. It features interviews with the men who made the journey from first-class new boys to the brink of extinction via a spell as the country's top team - and those now planning to restore past glories.