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175: Pictorial History of Sussex CCC to be released next week


As part of Sussex’s 175th birthday celebrations, the Pictorial History of Sussex County Cricket Club is being published to mark the anniversary of the formation of the oldest County Cricket Club in the country.

The book, which features an introduction by the Club’s much loved President Jim Parks, describes in beautifully reproduced imagery the rich history of Sussex Cricket which has produced many of the greatest characters of the English game. The official release date for the book coincides with the 175th anniversary dinner at Hove, which takes place on Thursday 21st August, however supporters will be able to purchase the book from the Club Shop on Wednesday 20th August, as Sussex take on Glamorgan in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Renowned Sussex Cricket historians Roger Packham and Nicholas Sharp have edited the book and have been joined by former Argus photographer Phil Barnes and Sussex Vice-Chairman Jon Filby in putting together this remarkable collection of 768 photographs from the Sussex Cricket Museum and from private collections. There are many iconic and well known images alongside previously unpublished photographs from private collections with pictures from the early years and formation of the club right through to the Golden Decade which saw Sussex win the County Championship for the first time in 2003.

Jon Filby, Vice-Chairman of Sussex County Cricket Club, paid tribute to the amount of hard work that had gone into the book by saying, “I hope that lovers of Sussex Cricket will have endless hours of pleasure leafing through the Pictorial History and will enjoy recalling many happy memories from our great history.”

The limited edition of 175 copies sold out within a month of going on sale in May and those successful subscribers can collect their copies from the Museum either before play on Wednesday 20th August or from 11.00am on Thursday 21st August. The card cover version of the book will be available from the Club Shop at the introductory price of £20 from Wednesday 20th August.

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