At the start of the 1959 season, Yorkshire had not won an outright County Championship for 13 years, in those days an unthinkable scenario for White Rose players and supporters. By 1969, they had set the record straight in the most emphatic manner, winning seven Championships and lifting the Gillette Cup twice to establish their place in the pantheon of County Cricket's greatest teams.
The Yorkshire side of the Sixties featured some of the most famous players in the history of the game: Fred Trueman, Brian Close, Raymond Illingworth and Geoffrey Boycott. And alongside them were the men whose deeds guaranteed them a place in White Rose folklore but whose stories have, for the most part, not been told before. Men like Philip Sharpe, slip fielder supreme, wicketkeeper Jim Binks, who made 412 successive first-class appearances, Mel Ryan and Bob Platt, Trueman's new ball partners, and Richard Hutton, son of Sir Leonard.
They are just some of the players who will feature in Magnificent Seven, the story, in their own words, of the champion cricketers who shaped Yorkshire's Championship Decade.
Fifteen out of the remaining sixteen players from this incredible team have contributed to Magnificent Seven. They each take a year to discuss in more and players who are sadly no longer with us are also remembered:
Bryan Stott on 1959 and Ronnie Burnet, Doug Padgett on 1960, Mel Ryan & Bob Platt on 1961 and Vic Wilson, Brian Bolus & Mike Cowan on 1962, John Hampshire on 1963 and Tony, Nicholson, Jim Binks on 1964, Richard Hutton on 1965, Don Wilson on 1966 and Fred Trueman, Geoff Cope on 967, Ken Taylor on 1968 and Chris Balderstone, Phil Sharpe on 1969.
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