John Charles Woodcock OBE
(born 7 August 1926) is an English cricket
writer and journalist
He was born at Longparish
, where he still lives, and was dubbed "the Sage of Longparish" by Alan Gibson
. He is a co-author of the Longparish Village Handbook
Woodcock attended Trinity College, Oxford
, and won hockey Blues
in 1946 and 1947. He went on the England
tour of Australia in 1950-1 as a newsreel
cameraman for the BBC
. He subsequently worked for the Manchester Guardian
for a couple of years.
He was cricket correspondent of The Times
from 1954 to 1988 and editor of Wisden Cricketer's Almanack
for six years from 1981 until 1986. He has attended more than 400 Tests
He was President of the Cricket Writers' Club
from 1986-2004, having been chairman in 1966.
Unlike other notable cricket journalists such as John Arlott
and E.W. Swanton
, little of his writing is available in book form. He did, however, write The Times One Hundred Greatest Cricketers
, Macmillan, 1998, ISBN 0-333-73641-9.