RIP David Capel
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 16:15

I called him a lot of names in his time as an international because he always seemed to be the name stopping a Somerset man playing for his country but he worked for his caps and made the most of chances and 57 is no age.

RIP Mr Capel Thoughts and sympathies to his family



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Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 16:26

Absolutely. Forget all the "next Botham" garbage. Seriously good player (and coach) in his own right, gone too soon.

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 17:09

Much too young to die and his career may have been somewhat blighted by the "New Botham" tag.



LoL

Seventy-two Seasons a Somerset Supporter

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 18:16

One of a generation of all-rounders who suffered that curse.

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 18:19

Probably not on Mark Alleyne or Graham Rose's Christmas list but Glos were probably happier



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Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 18:22

Extraordinary to think that, when called up by England, Capel was the first Northants player to be capped in *77 years* - that’s not a mis-print. Or at least that’s the figure quoted by the BBC .. but didn’t David Steele play for Northants? In which case this Beeb “fact,” would be wrong.

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 19:09

Indeed David Steele did play for Northamptonshire. As did a number of other Test cricketers during the 77 years before David Capel did, not least Allan Lamb, Wayne Larkins, Freddie Brown, and not forgetting a certain Frank Tyson. I think someone at the Beeb must have been thinking of something else.

Farmer

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 19:24

Plus Keith Andrew and perhaps later David Larter.

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 19:38

[www.bbc.com]

Perhaps they meant the first player born in Northants for 77 years, maybe?

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 20:14

That is what the Guardian online says AGod.

Farmer

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Phrench Phil (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 20:37

[quote Farmer White]Indeed David Steele did play for Northamptonshire. As did a number of other Test cricketers during the 77 years before David Capel did, not least Allan Lamb, Wayne Larkins, Freddie Brown, and not forgetting a certain Frank Tyson. I think someone at the Beeb must have been thinking of something else.

An interesting list, but omitting one of my favourite cricketers as I was growing up - the late Colin Milburn.

He gave me such joy when Test Cricket was available on the BBC, what a character.

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 20:38

Right.... even allowing for Northants having a low population density, it’s an astonishing stat..

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Des Platt (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 20:38

I know I saw Roger Prideaux playing for Northants at Liverpool in 1970 and he played for England in 68. May have changed counties but not sure. Colin Milburn as well. I think Peter Willey ( who got a pair in that Liverpool match) was still at Northants when he made his debut too.

Edited; he may have got a paint but he definitely got a pair.



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Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: mikeindex (IP Logged)
Date: 04 September, 2020 18:07

Roger Prideaux started with Kent but had moved to Northants well before 68 (I think he was their captain by then).
Holder of the then, I think, unique distinction of a husband-and wife cricket international pairing.

Re: RIP David Capel
Posted by: Des Platt (IP Logged)
Date: 04 September, 2020 19:48

Thanks Mike. This confirms as Farmer said that it was being Northants born that was unusual for an England capped player.

Nice article ; didn’t realise he was as popular as that

[www.theguardian.com]



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