Stand back and get ready for some forthright views and outspoken opinions – Geoffrey Boycott is heading to Preston later this month.
The cricketing legend, who is now one of the most respected – and controversial – voices on the game within the media, will be appearing at the Guild Hall alongside radio sidekick Jonathan Agnew (right)on Thursday, April 27.
‘An Evening with Boycott and Aggers’ is a fun-filled night of entertainment as the pair pick the bones out of the latest issues surrounding the game, as well as reminiscing about the days when they used to don their whites for both county and country.
Yorkshireman Boycott, now aged 76, was at one time his country’s leading run scorer after hitting 8,104 runs from 108 Test matches before retiring from the game in 1982.
Agnew was no mean player himself. A fast bowler, he appeared in three Tests for England and was once named in Wisden’s top five cricketers of the year in 1987.
Together the pair have been entertaining audiences on the BBC’s revered Test Match Special for a number of years.
And for the past few years, they have taken their ‘double act’ on the road to places up and down the country.
Just like he did during his playing days, Agnew will be the one on the night who will be throwing down some ‘testing deliveries’ but unlike his playing career do not expect Boycott to be in the mood to meet any of them with a straight bat.
“Me and Jonathan (as a double act) is something that just happened,” said Boycott, who will be treating the audience to clips of him in action.
“He was a very good cricketer himself – played two or three Test matches for England and was a very good county cricketer.
“But he has really found his forte after leaving cricket in being the presenter for cricket on BBC Radio.
“He’s honest, straightforward, but has a good sense of humour. He gives and takes a bit of banter.
“I get on with Jonathan. I like him and we work well together.”
Affectionately known as the ‘GLY’ – Greatest Living Yorkshireman – Boycott admits he might be entering the lion’s den when he heads to the Guild Hall, which is likely to be full of Lancastrians .
“The banter should be flying,” he said.
Tickets are priced from £26 and can be purchased by calling 01772 80 44 44 or visiting the Guild Hall website. Show starts at 7-30pm