The editor opened up the 1969 edition with a grim message: "At a time when we admire the American astronauts who encircled the moon on Christmas Day, we have to record ... the petty squabbles of men on earth." He was referring to the Basil D'Oliveira Affair, when England cancelled their tour of South Africa after their government indicated that D'Oliveira would not be welcome because of his colour. Michael Melford, in his assessment of the situation, described the English game as "caught up in a whirlpool of acrimony and political argument such as it can seldom have known before". Away from the controversy, Colin Cowdrey, Brian Statham and Trevor Bailey received tributes.
Editor Norman Preston
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