Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott

Famous British cricketer.
Date of Birth: 21.10.1940
Country: Great Britain

  1. Early Life and Education
  2. Early Career
  3. Captaincy and Controversies
  4. Retirement and Legacy

Early Life and Education

Geoffrey Boycott, a renowned British cricket player, was born on October 21, 1940, in a small village near Yorkshire, England. His parents, Jane and Thomas, raised him in a modest family. At the age of eight, Boycott suffered a severe injury while playing in the backyard, resulting in the removal of his spleen. This incident brought him to the brink of life and death. In March 1950, tragedy struck the Boycott family once again when Geoffrey's father was paralyzed in an accident and later passed away in 1967.

Geoffrey Boycott

Boycott attended Fitzwilliam School and later transferred to Kingsley Secondary Modern School. However, he did not stay there for long and moved to Hemsworth Grammar School. At the age of seventeen, Boycott left school, declaring that he no longer wanted to be a financial burden to his parents and was passionate about pursuing cricket.

Geoffrey Boycott

Early Career

After leaving school, Boycott started working as a clerk in a government ministry in 1958. Alongside his job, he actively played cricket for the South Elmsall district team, where he also served as the team captain. In 1964, Boycott made his debut on the big cricket stage in a match against Australia.

Geoffrey Boycott

Captaincy and Controversies

In 1971, Boycott became the captain of the Yorkshire team and held this position until 1978 when he was sacked. Despite his reputation being restored later on, Boycott found himself at the center of various conflicts throughout his career. In the early 1980s, he continued to play cricket professionally, but disagreements arose within the club, leading to the committee's decision not to renew Boycott's contract in October 1983. This banishment from the club sparked dissatisfaction among other team members, who resigned in support of their teammate.

Retirement and Legacy

After leaving professional cricket, Boycott was offered collaborations with other organizations over the years, but he consistently declined, choosing to permanently retire from the sport. Despite the controversies surrounding his career, Boycott's talent and achievements as a cricket player made him one of the leading figures in English cricket from 1962 to 1986. His contributions to the sport continue to be recognized and celebrated today.