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By Rob Steen;Alastair McLellan

No season exerts a grip at the hearts of English cricket fans rather just like the summer season of 1981. For the 1st time in a new release, the complete kingdom was once transfixed by means of a try out sequence. What made all of it the extra striking used to be that the fortunes of the nationwide workforce, let alone these of the sport ordinarily and the rustic itself, appeared at rock bottom.During the process an Ashes sequence that shifted from the mundane to the fantastical with breathtaking velocity, the 3rd try out at Headingley proved to be the turning-point. Amid checklist unemployment and the worst outbreak of civil unrest in a century, England, 500-1 opposed to at one degree (odds taken by way of participants of the Australian team), completed the main unbelievable carrying triumph of the twentieth century, mounting a dramatic comeback to overcome Australia by way of 18 runs. The names of Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Mike Brearley duly turned endlessly entwined with what readers of the Observer lately voted 'Most Memorable wearing Moment'.500-1...

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I read 500–1 when it was first published; I read it again before penning this foreword. It is a fine book, with the additional quality of calling forth a personal response. I am especially pleased that it corroborated my own particular memory of Headingley ’81, which was that it was not broadcast on Australian television, and rather that it had to be followed on radio, the Test Match Special team being augmented by Alan McGilvray. What I remember is listening to Botham’s barnstorming innings and Australia’s doomed chase whilst walking round and round my family’s tiny kitchen in Geelong, sink at backward point, toaster at extra cover, oven at mid-wicket, kettle at fine leg, kept at a permanent boil for black coffee.

I am especially pleased that it corroborated my own particular memory of Headingley ’81, which was that it was not broadcast on Australian television, and rather that it had to be followed on radio, the Test Match Special team being augmented by Alan McGilvray. What I remember is listening to Botham’s barnstorming innings and Australia’s doomed chase whilst walking round and round my family’s tiny kitchen in Geelong, sink at backward point, toaster at extra cover, oven at mid-wicket, kettle at fine leg, kept at a permanent boil for black coffee.

Dramas included Bergerac (trials of a detective in sleepy Jersey), Tenko (tribulations of women in a Japanese POW camp) and Triangle (non-seductive saga aboard a cross-Channel ferry). Peter Davison (ex-All Creatures Great and Small) was crowned the new Doctor Who, but the most talked-about programme was a dramatisation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, its longing nod to a statelier past needlessly reaffirming the Englishman’s predilection for yesterday. Still, Vivian the Punk from The Young Ones did call his hamster SPG.

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