Full name Arnold Sidebottom
Born April 1, 1954, Shawlands, Barnsley, Yorkshire
Current age 63 years 118 days
Major teams England, Orange Free State, Yorkshire
Nickname Woolfer, Thanold
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Barnsley Broadway Grammar School
Relation Son - RJ Sidebottom
|Only Test||England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 11-16, 1985 scorecard|
|First-class span||1973 - 1991|
|List A span||1974 - 1991|
Arnie Sidebottom was one of England's many one-cap wonders of the 1980s - his only Test was against the Australians at Nottingham in 1985 when he was 31 (and by his own admission "well past my sell-by date"). He took 1 for 65 before a foot injury caused him to limp out of the match - a fitting end given that he had something of a reputation for being injury prone. He might have played more for England but for his successful football career - he played for Manchester United, Huddersfield and Halifax - and his participation in the 1982 rebel tour to South Africa which led to a three-year ban.. Flame haired, a seamer of more pace than at first appeared to be the case, and a useful late-order batsman with a first-class hundred to his name, Sidebottom made his Yorkshire debut in 1973 but took some time to develop and was not capped until 1980. He continued playing for Yorkshire until 1991, and then moved onto their coaching staff until his 30-year association with them was ended in 2003 when he fell victim to a clearout by new management. His son, Ryan, made one appearance for England in 2001, and was destined to join his dad in the one Test club, until he was recalled in 2007, taking eight wickets on return to down West Indies.
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