Strong Yorkshire, Strong England

Strong Yorkshire, Strong England

Joined: 10 May 2016, 10:56

13 Oct 2016, 14:40 #1

I mentioned this fact at work today and some colleagues seemed to think I'd made it up, which got me thinking...

Does anyone actually know the origins of the phrase? Whether there was any one in particular who coined it? Or a time that it came into existence?
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Joined: 07 Aug 2014, 16:58

13 Oct 2016, 14:43 #2

The first person I heard use it was Ray Illingworth when he was running the England team in the 90s.
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Joined: 28 Apr 2014, 00:12

13 Oct 2016, 15:02 #3

I believe it's much older than that but I can't point to a specific article.
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Joined: 28 Dec 2003, 02:48

13 Oct 2016, 15:15 #4

Along the same lines, I've always appreciated Len Hutton's comments:

"In an England cricket eleven, the flesh may be of the South, but the bone is of the North, and the backbone is Yorkshire." -Len Hutton
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Joined: 14 Apr 2014, 04:57

13 Oct 2016, 15:18 #5

I believe it's much older than that but I can't point to a specific article.
First time I heard it was in the mid 60s when I was in my teens but again no idea who started it.
Formerly known as Egham Tyke :-)
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

13 Oct 2016, 15:44 #6

It needs updating to read

"Strong Yorkshire, Strong England, which then becomes weak Yorkshire", in these modern times of central contracts and England players hardly ever, or not at all, playing for their counties.
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