Offbeat February 11, 2010

Fred Trueman ale

Cricketers have had all sorts of things named after them – grounds, stands, traffic signals, and now ale

Cricketers have had all sorts of things named after them – grounds, stands, traffic signals, and now ale. The first pint of Trueman Ale was pulled at Skipton’s Copper Dragon brewery by former international umpire Dickie Bird, who said his old pal Fred would have “wholeheartedly approved” of an ale being named after him. The request to have ale named after Trueman was made to the brewery boss by Fred’s wife, Veronica.

“If Fred had been here he’d have enjoyed himself. Fred, my old pal, wherever you are this is for you. Cheers,” Dickie Bird said, before taking his first sip.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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