Almanac Nudity: “We’ve Got a Freaker!” (from The Guardian)

Tomorrow will mark 41 years since English Test cricket’s first streaker, John Angelow, turned a dour afternoon at Lord’s into a memorable, historic occasion.

A handful of ales deep, Angelow took to the field in nothing more than shoes and socks and ran to the pitch, stunning the crowd into life as he scaled both sets of stumps.

John Arlott’s commentary was hilarious, calling Angelow “a freaker”, and there’s an iconic photograph to commemorate the day.

The Guardian’s John Ashdown recalls the incident.

About Tom Riordan

Tom Riordan is in his second year of a Bachelor of Journalism at Swinburne University. He loves all sports, and plays for Brunswick Cricket Club. He supports the Western Bulldogs and can be found on weekends among half a dozen others in Q38 on the top level of the MCC.


  1. A great yarn, Tom.
    I have certainly seen the pic many times before, but not heard the story.

  2. Yep I have, vague, memories of this episode. Australia were in big trouble in their first innings, being 7 down for not many. Ross Edwards lead the fightback making 99, before falling LBW. It might have been the debutant Bob Woolmer who got him. DK Lillee made his highest test score, 73 including three 6’s.

    The match finished in a draw. Lots of good individual performances, both sides fought hard. It was a good match. Sadly in 2016 it would be dismissed as boring draw, but it was anything but, streaker/freaker or not !


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