Thanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a

Thanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a What English cricket fan has NOT heard the Leg over broadcast Aggers for goodness sake stop it, indeed It s hard to believe that incident was in the early days of Agnew s Test Match Special career.I may only be 34 but I ve been listening to TMS for as long as I can recall I remember listening to Johnners and Aggers, waking up in the early hours of the morning to listen when England were playing overseas, and playing my Walkman radio between classes Even now, living in the USA, I tune in on What English cricket fan has NOT heard the Leg over broadcast Aggers for goodness sake stop it, indeed It s hard to believe that incident was in the early days of Agnew s Test Match Special career.I may only be 34 but I ve been listening to TMS for as long as I can recall I remember listening to Johnners and Aggers, waking up in the early hours of the morning to listen when England were playing overseas, and playing my Walkman radio between classes Even now, living in the USA, I tune in online whenever I can This is a wonderful read, bringing back plenty of memories It s pure Agnew you can hear his voice as you read it Given its date of publication, I was surprised and happy to read of events that took place in 2010, even if the Pakistan scandal of the summer has no mention The only downside of this book was that it had to end, which is probably why I tried to delay getting to that moment for as long as possible A fitting tribute to Johnners but alsothan that Agnew is very clear in his views about modern cricket and the future of TMS He is very much a traditionalist and at times it feels like he is Canute trying to fight of the oncoming tide of modernisation I don t always agree with his him but he puts forward a cogent argument. A really excellent read for those who have ever heard the wonderful Johnners I fear we will never see his like again, A piece of old colonial England disappeared with his passing A real joy to read and had me crying tears of laughter and sadness and left me with a sense of melancholy nostalgia for the days of the mid eighties when, instead of revising for O levels I would be listening to Johnners and the TMS team.Thanks for the book Aggers A quality read and some excellent arguments at the en A really excellent read for those who have ever heard the wonderful Johnners I fear we will never see his like again, A piece of old colonial England disappeared with his passing A real joy to read and had me crying tears of laughter and sadness and left me with a sense of melancholy nostalgia for the days of the mid eighties when, instead of revising for O levels I would be listening to Johnners and the TMS team.Thanks for the book Aggers A quality read and some excellent arguments at the end, lots for the administrators of cricket to take on board, although they probably won t, sadly A great story of cricket and the life of Brian Johnston told by none other than Aggers This book was a delightful read and gave me as an American a better understanding of the game and its traditions If you re interested in a bit of English history, cricket and the life of a broadcasting legend then this is the place to start. A charming, thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable read Lovely anecdotes coupled with thoughts and feelings about the wonderful game that is cricket make this a must read for all fans of Aggers, Johnners, cricket and TMS. I really enjoyed this book and found It most interesting, being not only a fan of cricket but a long time listener to Test Match special The book covers a lot of different topics and is most enjoyable Love cricket Then you ll love this book A rather sideways look at the workings of the TMS team as seen through the eyes of Jonathan Agnew, with passing reference to Brian Johnston Easy to read, easy to pick up and put down. Jonathan Agnew, known to his legions of Test Match Special fans as Aggers, has at long last written a personal tribute to his late colleague Brian Johnston, universally known as Johnners The on air incident in which Agnew s comment on Ian Botham s attempt to avoid stepping on his stumps He just couldn t quite get his leg over provoked prolonged fits of giggles, notably from Johnners, and was voted in a BBC poll as the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever by % of those who responded It is said that traffic on British motorways came to a complete standstill as commuters were forced to stop their cars due to fits of laughter while listening to it on Radio Four This book is an affectionate account of a four year friendship, including copious anecdotes from their time together in the commentary box and during their travels overseas Jonathan Agnew comments Brian Johnston was a tremendous influence on my early years at Test Match Special His wit, warmth, and great sense of fun was not only a feature of his cricket commentary, but also in the way he lived his life Our friendship has been immortalized through the leg over incident, but there was a much deeper bond between us than merely that hilarious broadcasting classic, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share this with cricket lovers everywhere Aggers on Johnners is the holy grail of cricket books, a must have for anyone who loves the noble game Brilliant tribute to Mr Brian Johnson Fantastic insight to the world of cricket well worth a read Excellent tribute

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