Sunday, March 3rd, 2024


Broadcasting legend Pat Murphy will be the guest speaker when Worcestershire all-rounder Joe Leach stages a “Pie and Chips” evening in the Graeme Hick Pavilion as part of his testimonial year on Friday March 15.

Pat covered England cricket all around the world and Midlands football for the BBC for more than three decades as well being a highly respected author who has written more than 40 sports books, including those of Brian Clough and Sir Ian Botham.

It is fitting that Pat recently had published ‘BBC Sports Report – A Celebration Of the World’s Longest Running Sports Radio Programme’ as he reported on it with distinction for many, many years every Saturday.

He started his journalistic career on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1970 and retired from full-time broadcasting in 2017 although his dulcet tones can still be heard each weekend reported for the Beeb on football across the region.

Pat covered 18 England cricket tours from 1986 to 2007, and has presented ‘Test Match Special’ but he also covered the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 in addition to producing the radio Outside Broadcast at Hillsborough in 1989.

Events like those last two are why Pat says he has “always tried to steer away from words like tragic and disaster when reporting on sport.”

Pat will be looking back over and recalling stories from his illustrious career during the evening which gets underway at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £25 and are still available via the Joe Leach testimonial website, the Worcestershire CCC website or by contacting Testimonial Secretary, and Cricket Society Vice-Chair and Newsletter Editor, John Curtis by phoning 07907 681429.

There will also be an auction on what promises to be another memorable evening as part of Joe’s testimonial year.