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    Sale 5310

    The Sporting Sale

    1 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 217


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    His personal scrap book, large 4°, commemorating the 1924-1925 tour to South Africa under Lionel Tennyson, with some added material on the 1929-30 tour of Australia and New Zealand under Harold Gilligan's own captaincy. Contemporary green cloth, "News Cuttings" lettered in gilt on front cover.

    Ephemera from the earlier tours fills over 20 pages of the album and includes a signed team photograph, mounted on board and loosely inserted, numerous small and some larger snapshots, post cards, news cuttings and various match tickets, score cards, souvenir booklets, printed menus, dance invitations, etc., also a 3-page typed itinerary of the tour with its financial guarantees, a letter from the manager of the Palace Theatre, Bulawayo, dated 6 December 1924, thanking Gilligan for playing there together with a printed flyer for the "All England Jazz Band. Palace Theatre Tonight!", and a 6-page photostat of an article by F.W. H. Nicholas, another member of the touring team, entitled "A Trip into Rhodesia".

    As the tour of Tennyson's team to South Africa was an unofficial one, the programme did not include any Test matches but five games were played with South Africa which left honours evenly divided. "Socially the tour was a big success", reports Wisden, "the visitors making themselves very popular, but the undertaking involved a loss of nearly £4000".

    The 1929-30 tour receives comparatively little coverage but items include a copy photograph of the team on board the R.M.S. Rangitane 1930, with the players' names in Gilligan's hand, and a panoramic photograph "Taken at MCG 3rd Test match English XI in field 65,000 attendance", inscribed to H. Gilligan by H.R. McCormack, 93 x 305mm. Also a 2-page letter from Gilligan to his mother, dated 20 November 1929, stating: "It is an awful job not having a manager and I shall be glad when I get to New Zealand ... We had a very nice time in Melbourne though the game as a game wasn't very enjoyable -- I don't think I've ever played in any contest where one umpire has obviously been a cheat" (he proceeds to give examples of the bad umpiring decisions).

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