- John Woodcock (cricket writer)
John Woodcock OBE (born
7 August 1926) is an English cricketwriter and journalist.
He was born at
Longparish, Hampshire, where he still lives, and was dubbed "the Sage of Longparish" by Alan Gibson. He is a co-author of the "Longparish Village Handbook". [ [http://www.longparish.org.uk/handbook/lvh1.htm "Longparish Village Handbook"] ]
Trinity College, Oxford, and won hockey Blues in 1946 and 1947. He went on the England tour of Australia in 1950-1 as a newsreelcameraman for the BBC. He subsequently worked for the Manchester Guardianfor a couple of years.
He was Cricket Correspondent of
The Timesfrom 1954 to 1988 and the Editor of Wisden Cricketer's Almanackfor six years from 1981 until 1986. He has attended more than 400 Tests. [ [http://sport.guardian.co.uk/columnists/story/0,,1839395,00.html#article_continue "Guardian" article on Woodcock] ] [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,61-2301764,00.html "Times" article on Woodcock] ]
He was President of the
Cricket Writers' Clubfrom 1986-2004, having been the Chairman in 1966. [ [http://www.cricketwritersclub.com/honoursboard.aspx Cricket Writers' Club Honours Board] ]
Unlike his near contemporaries as cricket journalists,
John Arlottand E.W. Swanton, little of his writing is available in book form. However he did write the following:
*"The Times One Hundred Greatest Cricketers", Macmillan, 1998, ISBN 0-333-73641-9.
* [http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/294158.html Cricinfo profile]
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