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Sept 1950 -Those Who Died

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From: David Rees Jones
Sent: 13 September 2010
Subject: Slaters Of Creswell, I’m trying to find the book this information came from

Dear sir
If you can help me I’m trying to find the book this came from, I would be very grateful for any information.

Please find attached photo of Slater Family Cricket Team. Don’t know if it’s any use to you? Archibald Gilbert Slater was my wife’s grandfather he played cricket for Derbyshire C.C.C

Yours faithfully

David Rees Jones

The Slaters of Creswell
by_ E. TOPHAM.

Since James Stubbings, of Whitwell, made his first appearance in the county side in 1880, quite a large number of players from that remote colliery area on the eastern border of the shire where it joins up with Yorkshire and Notts., have gained places in the Derbyshire eleven—probably more in proportion to the size of the locality than from any other district within the Peak county's borders. Some enjoyed a lengthy spell in the senior team, others failed to make good and were heard of no more in first-class cricket, and there were those who preferred the League status with its greater remuneration, shorter hours, guaranteed annual benefits and talent money for outstanding achievements.

From this restricted area no fewer than 26 players have "made at least one appearance in the Derbyshire first eleven since those far-off days, 75 years ago, when Jim Stubbings entered the first-class limelight, to be quickly followed by G. G. Walker and Sam Malt-house, also from the same prolific Whitwell nursery. But no one from this neighbourhood made a greater impression on Derbyshire cricket than the Slater family, of nearby Creswell—first Harry, the father, and then his three sons, George, Herbert and Archie—whose combined length of service extended from 1882 to 1931. Even this joint spell is not a record for the county team, for Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, of Glossop, and FOUR sons were all included in the team at various periods between 1894 and 1936. The only comparable family contributors to first-class cricket which one can call to mind are those of the Fosters, of Worcestershire, and the Hearnes of Kent.

But, to return to the subject of this article, only half the male portion of the Slater family managed to aspire to county rank though the other four of old Harry's sons—Arthur, Harry, Jnr., Sam and Stuart—were all more than ordinarily competent club cricketers, and were amongst the best exponents produced by that fertile school of well-known players, the Bassetlaw and District League, which has been the stepping-stone to fame of many Derbyshire and Notts., and, in a lesser degree, Lincolnshire cricketers, though only a mere handful were able to find any encouragement with Yorkshire. Quite a few included in this category reached the highest position attainable in the game, so that six of the Slaters, at any rate, graduated in a really good-class school.

Harry Slater, Senr., hailed from another district on the Nottinghamshire border, that of Langley Mill, and in his early days was a member of a popular travelling troupe known as " the Clown Cricketers," a sort of itinerant cricket circus on whose behalf matches were arranged with various organisations in the Midlands, and who provided a burlesque entertainment during which the comical antics of the performers were allied to a certain amount of real skill at the game they were pretending to caricature.


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