> > I think that English cricket was changed by an event outside of
> > cricket. That event was the English victory in the FIFA WC in 1966
> > over Germany.
> > Till that time with Tyson and Trueman and Statham and Laker and Snow -
> > and Edrich , Graveney, Compton, May, Dexter, Boycott, Illingworth....
> > English cricket was going great.
> > Even 1966 did not change it at once - England still produced talent
> > but it slowly changed. Soccer replaced cricket as by far the popular
> > (esp blue collar) sport in England. This led to the athletic
> > youngsters being more inclined to go to soccer and they make more
> > money too. These are all guesses and I may be wrong here.
> I spent the first 28 years of my life in England. I suspect you are
> attributing too much weight to external factors.
> Football (soccer to those who can't understand that it is a game played with
> your feet and a ball) has always been the primary (blue collar) winter sport
> in England. Winter imposes its presence far more effectively in England
> than summer ever does. Football is thus the path of least resistance.
> Perhaps your question should have been: which caused more pain in England,
> losing the Ashes series in Australia in under 11 days or losing to Australia
> in a game of Football shortly afterwards? Right now the Poms are probably
> more focussed on their chances of beating Australia in the upcoming Rugby
> World Cup.
It's always been my understanding that in days of yore, you had the likes of
Denis Compton playing soccer in winter and cricket in summer. Didn't he
represent England at both, or was that his brother?
Wally Hammond played for, I think, Bristol Rovers (City?).
But these days, both games are way too professional and time consuming for a
player to be able to do both. I can see from a purely economic point of view
that soccer is much more financially rewarding, if you wanted the money, you'd
play soccer ahead of cricket.
And Jeff Wilson, a talented cricketer as well as being a rugby All Black.
But couldn't do both at the same time.
I think the days of playing two discrete sports to International level have long
Can anyone think of a counter example?