It was on this day in 1904 that Peter Pan was first performed.
But here's something else. The Allahakbarries Cricket Club. Never heard of them? Nor had Fantasy Bob until a couple of weeks ago. But a book recently published by Kevin Telfer tells the story of this team which was organised by one of Scotland's greatest literary figures JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan.
Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are commonly thought to have been inspired by Barrie’s love for four young Llewelyn Davies brothers. But Telfer’s argument is that it is the Allahakbarries who are the Lost Boys, and as much a part of the background to the story as anything else. Exactly which demon fast bowler that makes Captain Hook is a question fit for serious literary examination, as is which ever youthful top order batsman is represented by Peter Pan.
And Tinkerbell? Now FB remembers seeing many enchanting productions of Peter Pan at Christmas time during his childhood. At one point Tinkerbell is dying, and Peter pleads to the audience to help her recover by shouting that they believe in fairies. In the time honoured theatrical tradition, the first 2 times he asks the audience whether they believe in fairies does not generate a loud enough response, so he has to ask a third time. Tinkerbell's light is nearly out; it is desperate. 'Do you believe in fairies?' he asks again. An ear-splitting scream from all the boys and girls comes back, 'Yes' and Tinkerbell's light twinkles bright again.
Now, how does that relate to cricket? Well Fantasy Bob suggests it is a reasonable description of what happens when an umpire is on the receiving end of an over enthusiastic and optimistic appeal.
Bowler (as ball hits batsman on thigh 2 ft outside leg stump) - Howzat!Kevin Telfer's book is called PETER PAN’S FIRST XI: The extraordinary story of J. M. Barrie’s cricket team and is published by Sceptre.
Umpire - Do you believe in fairies?
Bowler (aware of rest of team watching with interest) - Certainly not.
Umpire - Well, it's NOT OUT!