Graham Gooch was one of the finest cricketers England has produced and regarded as one of their best captains.
Born in the East End of London, Graham rose through the ranks at Essex, before debuting for England in the 1975 Ashes series. In 1979 he made a switch from middle-order batsmen to opener as Essex won their first major honours and went on to become the most successful county side of the eighties. A brilliant opening batsman he won every county honour as Captain (86-89) of Essex. After reminding the England selectors with fine county displays, Gooch was recalled to the national side, and was by 1982, an established member of the England team. However he agreed to lead a rebel tour of apartheid South Africa and was subsequently banned from international competition for 3 years.
Returning to international cricket in 1985, Gooch made decent scores, but it was not until later in his career that he excelled and started to reap the rewards of his efforts. Appointed England captain in 1990, Gooch found an extra gear, and enjoyed a new lease of life. Fine first-class form continued and his captaincy led England to the World Cup final. He played for England in 118 Tests, scoring 8900 runs at an average 42.58. He scored a magnificent 333 against India at Lords in 1990 and is England’s highest run-scorer of all-time. Voted “Wisden Cricketer of the Year” in 1980 and awarded an OBE.
Graham retired from international cricket in 1995 and settled for a selector’s job shortly before retiring from his beloved Essex in 1997. In September 2001 Graham was appointed Head Coach of Essex Cricket Club. In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of fame‘ and became part time England batting coach, eventually taking up the postion full time in 2012.
Having such an outstanding career Graham knows all about the importance of teamwork and strong leadership and the valuable lessons he learned on the cricket field and how to apply them in business. Grahams’ Presentations are highly amusing and jam packed with hilarious anecdotes.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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