The Cricketer

The Event:

As we look forward to the Ashes this winter, The Cricketer is delighted to invite you to an evening of discussion, insight and laughter in the company of Bob Willis, someone with more than his fair share of experience of doing battle with Australia. As one of only five English members of the 300 Club, Bob Willis was one of England’s fastest post-War bowlers, and perpetrator of one of the most devastating bowling performances in an England shirt in living memory. The image of him storming down the hill at Headingley in 1981, bowling Ray Bright with a perfect middle stump yorker, before leaping into the air and charging helter skelter for the pavilion is surely one of the most enduring and evocative in the game’s history.

Please join The Cricketer on 2nd November to hear Willis reminisce about his life in cricket and his verdict on the forthcoming Ashes series. The evening will be chaired by our editor Simon Hughes who will help draw out some answers from Bob, including:

  • His feelings on his long and storied career, notably his painstaking recovery from surgery on both knees in 1975, and memories of his four Ashes tours, from emergency replacement in 1970-71 to captain in 1982-83
  • Listen to his thoughts on the forthcoming Ashes series…How does he think Joe Root’s side are shaping up? Will the Australian players’ dispute with Cricket Australia prove to be a hindrance? What is his prediction?
  • Ask him your own questions…Who were the most dangerous batsmen he bowled to? Which present-day bowlers remind him of him? How does he compare cricket played today with that of when he was playing? Does he enjoy his role in the Verdict for Sky Sports and how has cricket broadcasting changed in his career?
Please do join us for what should be a wonderful evening - but please note tickets are strictly limited - so book now to avoid disappointment. 

Event Timings:

The doors will open at 6.15pm and the event will begin at 7.00pm and finish at 8.45pm. The bar will be open before and after the debate - come early and have a drink or stay late and continue the debate with our panellists.

What would you like to ask Bob?

When registering you will have the chance to submit a question to Bob Willis.


This event will take place on Thursday 2nd November at the Tabernacle Theatre, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY

Ticket Price:

  • General admission: £25 a ticket
  • General admission to include a signed copy of our Ashes Anthology book which is published on 2nd November: £35 a ticket
Magazine subscribers are entitled to a £5 discount on tickets to the event - please contact to get your code or subscribe here.

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 Publication of The Cricketer's Anthology of the Ashes:

This event will also be the official launch party of the publication of our wonderful new book: The Cricketer Anthology of the Ashes. This superb anthology showcases 100 years of peerless writing on the Ashes from The Cricketer magazine. Insightful new contributions from today’s best cricket writers including Gideon Haigh, Simon Hughes and Huw Turbervill sit alongside vintage reports, features and comment pieces from greats including Pelham ‘Plum’ Warner, EW Swanton and Christopher Martin-Jenkins. For only £35 (£30 if you are a subscriber) you can purchase a ticket for this event which will include a signed hardback copy of this book on its day of release. They will also be available to purchase on the night for £20.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact The Cricketer team on 0203 1981 352 or at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please do bring your ticket, but don't worry if you forget, we will have your name at the registration desk.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are non refundable but you are welcome to pass on to a friend if you are unable to attend.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, you are welcome to pass your ticket onto a friend, colleague or family member!


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