Neville Cardus opened his distinguished association with the Almanack, making his debut with an essay on "50 years of Lancashire cricket". To celebrate the centenary of John Wisden's cricket and cigar shop in London, Lord De L'Isle (no relation to Tim, the 2003 editor) wrote a short background article on the great man himself as businessman and cricketer. He explained how John Wisden started the Almanack, which he called "the acknowledged chronicle of cricket, the universal referee in any argument over the history of the game": some things never change. Did you know that Wisden was the son of a Brighton builder, took all ten wickets in an innings at Lord's in 1850, and was a bowling coach at Harrow School?
Editor Hubert Preston
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Notes by the Editor
Fifty years of Lancashire cricket
John Wisden's new century
Then and now
Ups and downs on the Veld