Cricket and Textiles since WW1

Cricket since World War I

Thus cricket continued to look in several directions at the same time. The elite establishment looked backwards to the golden age of elegant strokeplay. There is a suggestion that they favoured public school and Oxbridge cricket as the royal route to success. The northern leagues and some of the counties took the opposite view and embraced popular values.

Where do the Casuals fit?

No one gets paid. The result is not paramount. Spectating is not compulsory. Neither is the club exclusive, offering anyone a game of cricket, regardless of talent and age. It’s then a matter of signing a banker’s order.


Preindustrial pastimes directly lead to professionalism and intinerant elevens. Persisted with LH and big matches still happening in 1870sThe elite clubs were founded on rational recreation, but sense of status demanded they be involved in premier cricket events. Multipurpose, civic pride, rivalry between localities.

Some districts had no preindustrial traditions, but adopted sports as a way of surviving in the new economic system.good amateurs who could only play locally and on Saturday.

Leagues were the way preindustrial culture could evolve in urban landscape.

Decline of Textiles

Gas engines steam turbines and eventually electric motors replaced boilers from 1917?ww1

Historians date the decline from 1920s


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