Gents toilets quiz

byased

Active member
Not a quiz about toilets you will be "relieved" to know.
I was at a conference at Edgbaston this morning, nowt to do with cricket., On a visit to the gents noticed lots of little facts displayed around the room. Can't remember them all, but have turned a small number into questions.
1 Which two countries contested the first ever international cricket match?
2 Who won?
3 Which is the only law out of those originally laid down for the game, that has never been amended?
4 How could spectators identify each individual Australian player during their first tour of England?
5 In one of Worcester's very early games, against Derbyshire, why was play stopped just as the bowler was about to start his run up?
 

DaveMorton

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1. I know cricket was strong in Philadelphia, so I guess USA v England?

3. I believe the 22 yard pitch has been set in stone (as it were) since day 1.
 

byased

Active member
USA v Canada was the first match. Canada were the winners,
yes, the 22 yard pitch length is the only rule that has not been changed

no arrowheads for question 4, each player could be identified individually
 

Donnylad

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4 Player nickname on shirt tail? (But I like the idea of broad arrows on their shirts.)
5 A squirrel stole the bails?
 

byased

Active member
4 no, but it is to do with clothing, and well before numbers on the back of shirts
5 no, but an animal is involved
 

Hawke

Administrator
Staff member
4 different coloured patterned clothing? It was an Aboriginal/Native Australian team I think
5. a dog ran off with the ball????
 

byased

Active member
4 close. they all wore different coloured caps,
5 close again, it was a pig that did it1
 

DaveMorton

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We used to be much closer to the soil. Years ago, when I was teaching in Manchester, two new kids arrived from rural Ireland, Darragh and Fergal Noonan. They were both cracking rugby players, hard as nails, and as polite as any teenagers could ever be. Lovely kids.

"Fergal's not too good with his writing and sums, Mr Morton," their mum told me, "but if you need any animal castrating, he's your man."
 

Donnylad

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We used to be much closer to the soil. Years ago, when I was teaching in Manchester, two new kids arrived from rural Ireland, Darragh and Fergal Noonan. They were both cracking rugby players, hard as nails, and as polite as any teenagers could ever be. Lovely kids.

"Fergal's not too good with his writing and sums, Mr Morton," their mum told me, "but if you need any animal castrating, he's your man."
That link to the land reminds me that when I first started teaching we had a group of 4th year (as it was then) called the Gardening Group who were based in the Gardening Room
They lads were generally very large, very strong, not very 'academic' and called a spade a s**t shifter or words to that effect.
They spent most of their time with a dear colleague called Bill Bailey, a true, pipe smoking gentleman of the fields who had his own chair in the staff room and you did not sit in it. No-one wanted to do cover when Bill was off school.

The GG kept all the flower beds hoed and weeded and grew seedlings and planted new plants every spring. We had a green house. They spent a lot of time cleaning trowels and plant pots. Bill taught them about planting and fertilising and harvesting and animal husbandry. Their piece de resistance was rearing piglets. We had a proper brick and concrete pigsty on the school field. Every year they would raise one or two weaned piglets and fatten them and every year one of the older ones would slaughtered - no not by the students but by one of Bill friends. The lads would stay behind to clean the pig sty and look after the piglets. They cried when the piglet went off to slaughter.

All these lads went off to work on local farms and were welcomed there.. The along came Raising the School Leaving Age, a new head teacher who didn't want any pigs on his premises ... you can guess the rest. These lads were forced to do O level and CSE courses, most ended up getting permanent exclusions and a link to the land was lost.
 
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