Shaw, Arthur Shrewsbury and five others - William Barnes, Wilfred Flowers, Fred
Morley, William Scotton and John Selby - refused to sign, and countered with their
own three-point proposal. They asked that, firstly, the unofficial Yorkshire match be
allowed to proceed, secondly that every player should be guaranteed a benefit after ten
years' service (it was common practice but very much at the behest of the county
committee) and thirdly that all seven be engaged for all matches in the 1881 season.
The Yorkshire match was incidental - at the heart of their claim was greater security of
The county were in a difficult position, and faced with demands which threatened the
semi-feudal structure of county cricket. "It involved a distinct and material alteration in
the relations between paid cricketers and their employers which vitally affected the
interests of every club of any importance," wrote James Lillywhite in his famous
The rebels played in the first game of the season, against Sussex at the end of May, but
within days the committee rejected the first two demands, and in a divide-and-conquer
approach, said that they would offer five of the rebels a place in the XI (the exceptions
being Flowers and Scotton). Such was the distrust between the rebels and Holden that
they refused to agree to any talks if he attended, while the county insisted that their
secretary be there.
Stalemate ensued, and for much of the summer Nottinghamshire fielded a virtual
second XI. In early July, the unofficial match against Yorkshire took place and was
reportedly another financial success for Shaw.
The conclusion of that game removed one of the three conditions, and Holden then
asked the MCC to intervene, which they did to good effect and the rebels agreed to
return, ironically for the game against Yorkshire. But once again Holden re-ignited the
dispute by leaving out Shrewsbury and Flowers, and the seven withdrew their labour.
Another month passed, and Holden changed tactics, approaching Flowers, perceived as
the rebel with the least resolve. Flowers agreed to return, and in his first match back,
against Gloucestershire at the beginning of August, took 8 for 23 (and 12 in the game)
as Nottinghamshire won by 10 wickets. Selby and Barnes returned for the next game a
week later, and they were immediately followed by Scotton and Morley. But it was too
late for Nottinghamshire's Championship aspirations.
The two protagonists, Shaw and Shrewsbury, remained on the outside for the
remainder of the summer, but used their time to organise a lucrative eight-month tour
of Australia, New Zealand and America the following winter, from which they each
On their return to England, in mid May 1882, the pair wrote to the Nottingham-
shire committee to apologise for their actions, and both were welcomed back into
the side. It was in their mutual interests to bury the hatchet.
It wasn't nearly the last such dispute, but it was one of the most drawn out.
=>Alfred Shaw would have had a benefit after 10 years of service, in May 1892.<=
|Congratulations to Our Winners!
Rhonda Hensley Paul Harris
Stan Read Dorothy Oksner
Diane Burkett Jim Kiser
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Don Draper Audrey Speelman
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Although pay disputes these days are not uncommon, strikes by players are rare. That
was not always the case, and in the final third of the 19th century such disagreements
were fairly widespread.
The main cause of complaint usually stemmed from the disparity between amateur and
professional. In theory, the professionals were paid a wage while the amateurs, the
so-called gentlemen, played for fun and expenses. Additionally, the gentlemen were
treated with far more respect, afforded separate changing and dining facilities.
In reality, the lines of demarcation were far more blurred. The expenses claimed by a
few amateurs was far in excess of the match fees paid to the professionals, and the
(See inventors.about.com/od/estartinventors/ss/George_Eastman.htm.) The fact that
the picture was taken in 1892 so soon after this, probably accounts for the interesting
look on the face of the man on the right. He had probably never seen a personal
The poster reads Lord Sheffield's XI v. EN___. The last word is probably England.
According to http://users.skynet.be/hermandw/cricket/firstcls.html the English test
team was called Lord Sheffield's XI in 1891-92.
However, the cricket archives mentions the match was between Lord Sheffield's XI
and The Rest. But as Rex Cornelius points out, Wikipedia states that "The appellation
"The Rest" has also been applied on an ad hoc basis to teams in a number of countries.
For example, a combined Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire team played "The Rest" in
England in 1883." (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rest_cricket_team). In the
present context, The Rest probably refers to the players who were not playing on the
English test team, and therefore not counted among Lord Sheffield's XI.
|If you enjoy our quizzes, don't forget to order our books!
|1. May 1892
2. The match between Lord Sheffield's XI and The Rest was a draw
because it rained.
3. Probably near Carrington Bridge, Broad Marsh, Nottinghamshire, England
|Answer to Quiz #168 - July 20, 2008
|Very challenging pix, one that has taken me hours and hours to probably get wrong.
Nice job! Tom Davis
The cricket match was "drawn" ( seems it was interrupted by "rain".This could be
interpreted as damp spirits, too many spirits or downright boredom going into the 3rd
day of play. I guess I don't understand cricket. I love baseball but 3 hours of that game
is quite enough. 3 days of cricket??? Don Draper
I am going with the 1892 date because of the following. Alfred Shaw played cricket
from 1864 to 1897, and acted as umpire to 1905 (dates are rough). The sign which
says “Alfred Shaw’s Benefit” indicates that this game occurred late in his career, when
he was well known. Lord Sheffield’s XI vs England makes it sound like the game took
place outside of England; however the English team was also known as “The Rest”,
and these were the 2 teams that played over a 3-day period in May 1892. Also, the sign
is in English. The manner of dress looks as though the weather was on the cool side,
ie: spring-like. As for the bridge: I could not make out the entire “ *leemans *iron”
but thought it was maybe an ironworks or foundry. I went to Google maps to look at
the Trent Bridge area, and just tried to find a short bridgeway that was set in an urban
(not forested) area. The bridge was hard to guess at, actually. Audrey Speelman
Since I know less than nothing about cricket, I thought that was a little green
insect immortalized by Disney in the character of Jimney Cricket. Deciphering
the winner of the match was a bit confusing. It would appear that the match was
a draw, with no winner at all. Kelly Fetherlin
It must have been very bright since the man appears to be walking and he’s not very
blurred. Maybe the photographer knew that it was a bright day and set his studio
camera at that location, so he could make some shillings from people going to the
match. John Chulick
Did you go to the Cricket Archive?? http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Seasons/index.
html (the things you learn...) They show a "Lord Sheffield's XI vs the Rest" on May
16, 1892. The problem with the May 16, 1898 Nottingham Derbyshire played at Trent
Bridge - was that it was a "County Championship" (I assume that's jargon for "league"
game as opposed to a "special benefit" type game. The 1892 game is categorized in the
cricket archive as an "Other" game - which would fit a special one-time benefit as
opposed to an organzied team "league" game. Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.
Pip-pip!! Creerio! and all that... Andy Hoh
Some lucky person there must have had one of the new-fangled cameras?
I see one problem with the proposed May 16, 1898 match: Cricket Archive does not list
any matches on May 16, 1898 with Lord Sheffield’s XI. (http://www.cricketarchive.
find any other reference to this proposed match through Google either. Granted it was
a brief search. Also, at this time Alfred Shaw was acting more as a promoter/manager
than a player for Lord Sheffield – hence a benefit. He only actually played for Lord
Sheffield for one season in 1894 (http://www.trentbridge..co.uk/news/shownews.
php/81/0/181/sidebottom-takes-player-of-the-year/function.mysql-connect). In 1898 he
also became an umpire, so a benefit might have been more of a conflict of interest at
that time. Brian Kemp
Look on the right side of the picture for the same broadside. You can read "GLAND".
Put it with the "ENG" of the left side. That top line could read "May 16 - 18" but I
can't read any more of it. The 1898 one was also a 3-day match at Trent Bridge, and it
wasn't a benefit. It was a county match. And it didn't have Sheffield or Shaw
involved. 1892 still looks good. And the woman is wearing the tight upper sleeve of
that era. In 1898 the mutton chop sleeve was popular, but this woman probably wasn't
up on fashion. That bonnet also looks good for an earlier date. Probably cameras
WERE rare as evidenced by that guy's double-take! Marilyn Hamill
I think the building has the name Sleeman on it and I cannot locate any businesses in
the Midland area around 1892. It might contain the word Iron and being in the
background it might be located on the bank of a river, canal or a footbridge over a
railway system. It is a substancial bridge built of brick and mortar not a wooden
structure. It also suggests some elevation and only foot traffic. From the shadow, the
pathway could be running North-South as the sun appears to be shining from the ladies
right and it is probably in the afternnoon as the woman appears to have been shopping.
As before, I expect the location to be near to where the cricket match will be held.. I
don't know how you determined that the banner has "The Rest" written on it. I think
the Banner may have EN(?) which may be England (there was an allstar type team
during that time "The England XI"). The date may not be 1892 because Alfred Shaw
retired from active playing and became a Referee or Umpire officially in 1898. This way
a benefit for him could have been held without any controversy. Also the Match could
have been an exhibition thereby not kept in the Cricket record books, the record shows
a 3 series match with "The Rest". I noted in looking at cricket record archives that
most seasons are over by May and May would have been a good time to have an
exhibition. A one game match. The Banner does not say May 16-19th, just the 16th.
In addition being later like May 16th 1898 photography would have had more time to
have expanded its use as Eastman camera was developed in 1888. Jim Kiser
|1. What month and year was this picture taken?
2. Who won the match?
Bonus: What street and city was the woman walking down?
|Thanks to Lisa Hutton for submitting this photo-quiz.
|There was some controversy among the Quizmasters this week about the date of the
match mentioned in the posters on the walls of the footbridge. There were two
possibilities. One was the match played between Lord Sheffield's XI and The Rest,
dated May 16, 17, 18, 1892. The other was the match between Nottingham and
Derbyshire on May 16, 1898. There were pros and cons for each possibility. (See the
discussion in the section Comments from Our Readers.)
The key for us was the response Lisa Hutton (submitter of this week's quiz photo)
received from Peter Griffith, who maintains the online Cricket Archive,
http://cricketarchive.com. Lisa emailed him about her photograph, and posted his reply:
I'm thrilled to be able to tell you that a parallel inquiry has
produced some results - Pete Griffith, who maintains the online
Cricket Archive, pointed me to this information:
According to Pete, "[Shaw] received £130 from it, rain interfering
with the match. (It was his second benefit match, the first, in 1879
producing £150 and also being rain-hit.)"
So it's positively ID'd as 1892, which is fairly early for a candid
street shot like this (esp. with the moving bodies not blurring.)
|1898 Nottingham City Directory
Fleeman, R. & Sons
Hardware, Smallware Merchants
Tel: Carrington 828
|The Date of the Photograph
Remarks from the Quizmaster General
|LORD SHEFFIELD'S 11 v EN_____
|Trent Bridge Ground Match May 16 10:00
The map of W. Bridgford below shows the location of Broad Marsh where R.
Fleeman's hardware store was located. The store is shown on the right behind the
woman, who is crossing a bridge. It is unclear where in Broad Marsh Fleeman's was
located. The Nottingham directory for 1898 does not show any other merchants
located in Broad Marsh. There is a bridge that is an extension of Carrington St. across
the canal south of Broad Marsh. This was probably not the footbridge in the picture
because the intersection of Carrington and Canal Sts. is much larger than the path that
the woman is walking on. However, the woman is walking in a direction between
south and east, judging from the position of the shadows. The footbridge might be a
small overpass over Canal St. or one internal to Broad Marsh.
|1902 and 1905 Nottingham City Directories
Fleeman, R. & Sons
Hardware, Smallware Merchants
Tel: Carrington 828
One clarification about the rest of Lisa's posting and the photo not
being blurred. In 1892, the science of photography was very mature.
The first outdoor photo of people had been taken as early as 1842 by
Fox Talbot in England. Shutter speeds, apertures, development
techniques and chemistry, lenses etc. were well established by then.
The surprise is not that the picture is sharp, but that it was evidently
taken on the street by a nonprofessional with a personal camera,
instead of by a professional photographer. The first camera for a
nonprofessional was put on the market by George Eastman in 1888.
Broad Marsh showing Carrington
Rd. bridge (marker to left)
London Road bridge (marker in
upper center) and Trent Bridge
cricket ground (marker on lower
|The Location of the Photo
Very few Quizmasters even mentioned
the writing on the building in the
background of the photo. Most just
jumped to the conclusion that the photo
was taken on Trent Bridge because of
the mention of the Trent Bridge cricket
grounds. Another popular answer was
the London Rd. bridge. But there is more to it than this.
The letters that are visible read __LEEMAN'S on top and __IRON on the bottom. The
letter before the L in the first word is partially visible - it could be an E or an F.
Checking the British directories available for free on Ancestry.com, I found an R. Fleeman who
owned a hardware store (also called smallware) in Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham during the
late 1890s and early years of the 1900s. You can also access these directories by going to go to
www.numberway.com, the website for international telephone directories. Click on Europe,
then UK. You will get to the website of the United Kingdom phone books at
http://www.numberway.com/phone-numbers/3/. Above the links to the current phone books,
you will see a link to a free trial of British phone books 1880-1984 on Ancestry.co.uk at
|Comments from Our Readers
|For an historical
description of Broad
Marsh, click here.
account can be found
by clicking here.
|The two important clues to the location and date of the picture are the poster on the
walls of the footbridge and the sign on the store in the background.
|Trent Bridge is a Test,
One-day international and
County cricket ground
located in West Bridgford,
and is also the headquarters
of Nottinghamshire County
Cricket Club. As well as
International cricket and
games, the ground has
hosted the Finals Day of the
Twenty20 Cup twice. The
site is located very close to
the main bridge over the
River Trent and also close to
the football stadia of
Nottingham Forest and Notts
ultimate shamateurs were probably the Grace family.
WG, though treated with the respect of an amateur, to all
intents earned his living from cricket, and his income
from the game was massive.
Disgruntlement sometimes spilled over, and one of the
most public falling-outs came at Nottinghamshire, at the
time the strongest county in the country, in 1881.
The seeds of unrest were sewed the previous summer
when the Australians toured. While nominally regarded as
gentlemen, all the Australians made considerable money
from the tour, usually demanding and getting a share of
the gate which they then split. Alfred Shaw, the leading
Nottinghamshire bowler, saw the business opportunity,
and arranged a game at Bradford between the tourists
and an XI raised by him at the end of the trip - in those
days tours were privately organised and not administered
by cricket boards.
By all accounts, Shaw cleaned up, and that match was
immediately followed by a hastily-arranged fixture against
Nottinghamshire. Shaw told Captain Holden, the county
secretary, that he and six others would only play at Trent
Bridge for a minimum of £20 each. Holden reluctantly
agreed, but privately fumed.
That autumn, Shaw hatched another money-making plan,
arranging an early-season game between Nottinghamshire
and Yorkshire. Holden found out and told him that he did
not have the authority to do so, and at the same time
wrote to all the county's professionals asking them to
agree to a binding contract under which they would be
available for all official Nottinghamshire matches.