John Barclay (cricketer)

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John Barclay
Personal information
Full name John Robert Troutbeck Barclay
Born (1954-01-22) 22 January 1954 (age 63)
Bonn, Germany
Nickname Trout
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Off spin
Role All-rounder
Relations Francis Ford (Great-uncle)
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1970-1986 Sussex
1978-1979 Orange Free State
1977 MCC
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 274 236
Runs scored 9677 2792
Batting average 24.81 21.81
100s/50s 9/46 0/7
Top score 119 93*
Balls bowled 20980 6150
Wickets 324 167
Bowling average 30.66 25.49
5 wickets in innings 9 2
10 wickets in match 1 0
Best bowling 6/61 5/43
Catches/stumpings 214/0 79/0
Source: CricketArchive, 2 February 2009

John Robert Troutbeck Barclay DL (born 22 January 1954) was an English cricketer, who played internationally once for Hong Kong.

John Barclay was born in Bonn, Germany. He was educated at Eton and was an acclaimed schoolboy cricketer. He was honoured by The Cricket Society and he made his first-class debut for Sussex, while still at school in 1970.

He was an opening batsman who never got quite as many runs as he should have, though having an excellent technique and eye. He also bowled off-spin, dismissing Ian Botham and Viv Richards several times. He succeeded Arnold Long as the County Captain of Sussex CCC in 1981 and led the team to second place in the County Championship. He was rated as one of the best county captains around and he was tipped for the Test captaincy. He was forced to retire in 1986, due to a finger injury.

After his playing career ended he became the Director of Cricket at the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club, which he continues to this day, in tandem with the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. He has been a successful tour manager, as he took the England Under-19's, the England A's and also managed the England team for two tours. He briefly returned to management recently with the blind team, but he is now working for the MCC and running a charity, the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation for young cricketers and underprivileged children in Arundel, West Sussex. He holds a number of posts, such as President of the Cricket Society and the English Schools Cricket Association, Chairman of the Sussex Cricket Board and Chairman of Cricket for Sussex CCC. He served as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club for 2009-10.

Books by John Barclay[edit]

  • Barclay, John (2002). The Appeal of the Championship: Sussex in the Summer of 1981. Fairfield Books. ISBN 978-0-95311966-0. 
  • Barclay, John (2008). Life Beyond the Airing Cupboard. Fairfield Books. ISBN 978-0-9560702-0-3. 
  • Barclay, John (2013). Lost in the Long Grass. Fairfield Books. ISBN 978-0-95685113-0. 


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Arnold Long
Sussex county cricket captain
Succeeded by
Ian Gould