Bill Alley opening with John Bennett (Read-Only)

Legendary Australian cricketer made lasting mark at Blackpool

‘He is certainly the greatest professional to ever appear in the Northern League. There will never be another Bill Alley.’ So wrote the former Captain of Blackpool Cricket Club, Bryan Moore, about his friend and team mate, the genial Australian, Bill Alley who, for four seasons, from 1953 until 1956, made the resort his home. Kenneth Shenton takes a look back at the extraordinary life and times of this larger-than-life sportsman – born 100 years ago this month.

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