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First published in November 2002
Great Nottinghamians : Harold Larwood
Harold Larwood
Harold Larwood
Harold Larwood is Nottinghamshire's greatest fast bowler of all time, read his biography below.

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There are many names that nearly made it onto this list of famous Nottinghamains.

Other famous people from Robin Hood County include:

Ball, Captain Albert VC
Birch, Rob

Blower, Tom
Boot, Sir Jesse
Booth, General William
Bowden, Sir Frank
Bowles, Peter
Byng, Douglas
Byron, Lord John
Clarke, Rt Hon. Kenneth
Clough, Brian OBE
Coates, Eric
Cole, Andy
Cranmer, Thomas
Dance, Sir George
Dwight, Roy
Flowers, Wilfred
Fothergill, Watson
Hallam, Nick
Hewson, Sherrie
Hitchcock, Alma Reville
Hood, Robin
Howe, Lord Admiral Richard
Howitt, T. Cecil
Karno, Fred
Khaliq, Jawaid
Knight, Dame Laura
Larwood, Harold
Lawrence, DH
Lee, Alvin
Lindsey, Robert
McCarthy, Dennis
Meadows, Shane
Mee, Arthur
Owen, Greg
Player, John
Pollard, Su
Randall, Derek
Reynolds, John
Russell, Graham
Sillitoe, Allan
Smith, Paul CBE
Slater, Colin MBE
Stardust, Alvin
Torvill, Jayne MBE & OBE
Trease, Geoffrey
Walker, Chris
Watson, Dave
Westwood, Lee

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Harold Larwood
1904 - Born in Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire.
1917 - Begins work at the local Co-op weighing flour for the customers.
1918 - Starts bowling for Nuncargate's second team, taking 76 wickets in his first season.
1920 - Opens the bowling for Nuncargate's first team, whilst working night shifts at Langton Colliery.
1923 - Approached by Joe Hardstaff Snr., the Notts and England player, and is offered a trial at Trent Bridge.
1925 - Gets his start in County cricket against Yorkshire.
1926 - Gets picked for the England team for the first time.
1926 - Helps England win back the Ashes, taking 3 for 34, he helped skittle out Australia for 125 runs.

1927 - Harold tops the England bowling averages with 138 wickets at 14 runs a piece, winning him Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

1928/9 - Gets picked as the only fast bowler for the Tour of Australia, and helps retain the Ashes.
1928/29 - England wins the First Test at Brisbane in what becomes known as 'Larwood's Match'. Taking 6 for 32 in Australia's first innings.
1930 - England lose test series against Australia.
1931-32 - Heads the English bowling averages.
1932-3 - Gets picked for the tour of Australia.
1933 - Is given a heroes welcome by 20,000 people at Nottingham station after leaving the tour with a foot injury.
1935 - Larwood never plays for England again, after his bowling was condemned by the MMC.
1936 - Tops the bowling averages with over 100 wickets.
1936-7 - Gets Left out of the Australian tour.
1938 - Becomes a professional coach at Blackpool, then retires from cricket at the start of the war.
1946 - Returns to Blackpool to open a sweet shop.
1949 - Sells his sweet shop and emigrates to Australia with his family.
1950 - Becomes an honorary member of the MMC in Australia.

1985 - Visits Kirkby Portland Cricket Club, where he first played cricket.

1993 - Recieves an MBE from British Prime Minister John major.
1995 - Dies on 22nd July in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 90.
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