Brian Close  

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Brian was born in Leeds in 1931 where he began his momentous sporting career.

On leaving school he joined Leeds United as a professional footballer and later moved to Arsenal and eventually to Bradford City. Unfortunately Brian was forced to retire from soccer due to a serious injury to his right leg and knee.

Soccer's loss was cricket's gain and Brian concentrated on his cricket career. Having joined the Yorkshire CCC in 1949 he was soon picked to represent England in the Third Test against New Zealand making him the youngest player ever to play test cricket for England. Brian has captained England on seven occasions, winning six matches and drawing one (1966/67). In 1972 he led England against the Australians in the One Day Series, and won.

Brian's achievements were recognised by the Queen when he was awarded the CBE for his Services to Cricket in 1972.

He continued to play until his retirement from full-time cricket in 1977.

Brian has worked in various roles and has been a member of may cricketing committees, including the Test Selection Committee, the Yorkshire Cricket Committee, the TCCB Cricket Committee and Overseas Tours Committee. Brian has also worked tirelessly for many charity organisations including the Lords' Taverners, the Variety Club of Great Britain, SPARKS and the Home Farm Trust.