Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

New Book On County Legend Don Kenyon Set To Be Published In September

New Book On County Legend Don Kenyon Set To Be Published In September

Don Kenyon remains Worcestershire's record run-scorer and skippered the side to their 1964 and 1965 County Championship title triumphs.

Now 50 years after that second Championship success, a book about the legendary Kenyon entitled 'Don Kenyon – His Own Man' is due to be published at the end of the current season.

It has been a labour of love for its author, Tim Jones, who is chairman of the Worcestershire Heritage Group and is also a recently elected Worcestershire Board member.

He has interviewed dozens of people, including Don's widow Jean and his daughter Sue, many former team-mates and opponents in putting together the 65,000 word publication which should be priced at around £13.

The forward to the book is by former Worcestershire captain Phil Neale who worked with Don during his spell as an active committee member.

Don scored 37,002 first class runs for Worcestershire, is third on their all-time list of centurions with 74 – only behind Graeme Hick and Glenn Turner – and made the most ever appearances for the county – 589.

He was also the first person to be appointed an England selector while still a current player and this duty involved him having to miss several matches each season.

Don was also a highly respected member of the county's committee for several years including the turbulent period in the mid 1970s.

So why did Tim opt to write a book on Kenyon? He said: "It was something I wanted to do for a while, to write something on a Worcestershire subject, and I couldn't come up with which idea.

"I was out with a friend one evening and suddenly I said 'I've got it, I know what needs to be done. There is nothing about Don. We know his career statistics, but there is nothing about him as a person.

"That was the moment I realised this is what I wanted to do and I'm so pleased I have.

"I have interviewed 25 or more people, a lot of the Worcs team from when he played, Norman Gifford, Ron Headley, Roy Booth, Duncan Fearnley, Alan Ormrod, John Elliott, Norman Whiting, Glenn Turner etc

"Other people who have contributed included Jeff Jones, Don Shepherd, Ray Illingworth, Geoff Boycott, MIke Beddow and Grace Fuller.

"Mike Vockins (Worcestershire club secretary-chief executive for 30 years) has been excellent as well with his contribution and Phil Neale is doing the forward. He has big respect for Don.

"I also spent a lot of time to Jean and Don's daughter Sue. They have been really helpful and Don was a very meticulous man.

"He kept everything so I've had access to loads of newspaper cuttings, even ones relating to his Birmingham League days at 13-14 all the way through.

"There is stuff where he comments on the state of one-day cricket and finances and the structure of the game and there are three or four points that really resonate with what is happening in the game today.

"There are lots of photos, scorecards, menus, even his demob papers from the war, receipts from all the gifts he brought back from the Worcestershire world tour of 1965.

"Jean was saying he was like a bank manager. He'd do his cricket, come home and never talk about it. The important for him in his life was his family.

"Norman Whiting said Don had said 'I've come into the game with nothing, but I won't leave with nothing.' Everything he did was for the well being and financial security of his family."

We will feature more thoughts from Tim on Don in a forthcoming edition of the County 365 Magazine.

But in the meantime anyone wanting to order a copy of the book should email Tim at or contact him via his home address of 8 Edgehill Drive, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7SW.