“A thoughtful and timely piece of work which should make a major contribution to the continuing debate about the impact of West Indian cricket, and appeal to cricket fans and non-cricket afficionados alike”. Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth OJ.

“Colin has brought out, with tremendous power and depth, how important the achievements of West Indian cricket were to the self-respect and sense of identity of West Indian people in Britain”. Clem Seecharan, Emeritus Professor of History, London Metropolitan University.

“Colin Babb has brought warmth, understanding and insight to this deftly observed account of West Indian cricket in England. He is a first-hand witness of part of a unique cricket journey and They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun is a tasty broth of cricket history, anecdote and personal reflection. It deserves to be savoured”. Simon Lister, author of Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet, and Supercat: The authorised biography of Clive Lloyd.

“I feel that without this book, a significant and very important part of British and Caribbean history would go amiss. Sincere thanks for a well-researched and very enjoyable piece of work”. Karen Hunte, Chair, Caribbean Politics, British Political Studies Association.


Basil Butcher in Guyana, 2014

Contributors to They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun include:

Former West Indies cricketers Jimmy Adams, Ian Bradshaw, Basil Butcher, Winston Davis, Vasbert Drakes, Lance Gibbs, Deryck Murray and Brendan Nash.

Former England cricketers Ebony Rainford-Brent, Gladstone Small and Alex Tudor.

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, former international cricket umpire.

Tony Cozier, West Indian cricket journalist, author and broadcaster.

Sam King, ex-RAF, who arrived in Britain in 1948 on the Windrush and attended the historic 1950 test match win v England at Lord’s.

Trevor Nelson, BBC DJ and broadcaster.

Mike Phillips, author, journalist and broadcaster.

Clem Seecharan, Emeritus Professor of History at London Metropolitan University.