The Golden Age of Cricket

  • John Simons
Part of the Insights book series (ISI)


The aim of this essay is to look at some features of the game of cricket as it has been mediated to us through popular books dealing specifically with aspects of its history and through the popular imagination. My concern, however, will not be to analyse specific items — often such projects in the realm of popular cultural studies become too descriptive — rather I shall be looking at the game of cricket itself as a popular cultural form. I particularly intend to argue that, in the context of popular cricket history, the ideological load which cricket has been asked to carry may be shown, surprisingly perhaps, to constitute a consistent and deliberate set of values which appear oppositional to much contemporary social and political thought. The effect of this approach is that I will not be dealing with such well-known items as cigarette cards, though these are an undoubted proof of the popularity of the game, nor will I be dealing with the fictionalisation of cricket in such famous organs as The Boy’s Own Paper or the Magnet. It is tempting to open up this area but the ethos of the school story is well understood and an analysis would do little except reinforce the themes which I will be exploring by reference to less familiar material.


Popular Imagination Capitalist Creed Familiar Material Strict Integrity School Story 
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