John Arlott      

Full name Leslie Thomas John Arlott

Born February 25, 1914, Chapel Hill, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Died December 14, 1991, Alderney, Channel Islands (aged 77 years 292 days)

Also known as Jack (to family when younger)

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Leslie Thomas John Arlott

Arlott, LESLIE THOMAS JOHN, OBE, died at his home on Alderney on December 14, 1991, at the age of 77. Few men who have concentrated the interests of a lifetime on cricket have commanded as wide and thorough a knowledge of the game as John Arlott. When he was doing commentary, or composing a portrait of a Tate or a Trueman, or writing a match report for the Guardian, he was at or near the centre of affairs. But he was equally an expert on interests connected with the game: its vast literature, extensive history and collection of artifacts were all within his purview. To fuel his activities he had great energy, the ability to work at speed, and the charm to elicit information from whatever source he was investigating. Add in the fact that he was a poet of some stature and that he enjoyed the laughter and company of friends, whom he loved to entertain in the most civilised way, and you have a man of deep humanity.

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Aug 2012

A picture of John Arlott at Brett's restaurant in Leeds

A picture of John Arlott

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Sep 2, 1980

John Arlott -alongside Keith Miller-  during his final commentary stint on the last afternoon of the Centenary Match at Lord's, September 2, 1980

John Arlott -alongside Keith Miller- during his final commentary stint

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Aug 28, 1980

John Arlott in the commentary box at Lord's during his last Test Match for the BBC, England v Australia, Centenary Test, day one, August 28, 1980

John Arlott during his last Test match for the BBC

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Arlott once fielded as 12th man for Hampshire against Worcestershire in 1938