“To some people cricket is a circus show upon which they may or may not find it worthwhile to spend sixpence; to others a physical fine art full of plot, interest and enlivened by difficulties; to others, in some sort, it is a cult and a philosophy,” CB Fry.
The self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ at Philosophy Football spend most of their time finding quotes from philosophers about football and slap them on a T-shirt. This summer, hoping it can capitalise on a 2005esque thirst for the great summer game or the strong Aussie dollar, it has launched a philosophy cricket range with opening bat CB Fry’s musings on cricket as a philosophy.
CB Fry captained both Sussex and England. A gifted footballer too, he played professionally for Southampton and Portsmouth, making his England debut in 1901. For a time he was also holder of the world record for the long jump. A superbly gifted cricket writer and academic off the pitch CB politically managed to combine standing unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Liberal Party candidate with the bizarre idea ideas that if Germany could be persuaded to play England at test cricket WW2 might be avoided.
The T-shirt is available from www.philosophyfootball.com with the search now on for other cricket quotes for T-shirted immortalisation.