Wanted: Britain's first sports streaker

On August 4, 1975, at the second Ashes Test at Lord's, a man named Angelow caught everyone's attention with his antics.


The Independent reports of the man who took it upon himself to liven up a boring Test heading for a draw:

On 4 August 1975, the fourth day's play of the Ashes Test was disrupted when Merchant Navy cook Michael Angelow shed his clothes and made a dash across the playing area, vaulting the bails, and raising his fist in triumph at the Nursery End, before being led away by police.

In doing so, Angelow, 24, became Britain's first sporting streaker, inspiring a tradition which has extended to rugby internationals, Wimbledon and even the World Indoor Bowls Championship. Found guilty of outraging public decency, Angelow was fined £20 for his beer-fuelled streak, the same sum which the almost-namesake of the Renaissance artist won in the bet which prompted his spontaneous race across the hallowed turf.

Whilst some MCC members were outraged, Angelow's dash was widely cheered for enlivening a slow day's cricket. Commentating on Test Match Special, John Arlott said: "We have got a freaker [sic] down the wicket now. Not very shapely, and it is masculine… he is being embraced by a blond policeman and this may well be his last public appearance - but what a splendid one!"

His leap now graces the cover of Sticky Wickets, the new album by The Duckworth Lewis Method, the cricket-themed band led by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and songwriting colleague, Thomas Walsh.

The duo are hoping to track Angelow down so that he might deliver a repeat performance. "We are rather hoping that Michael Angelow comes out of the woodwork," said Hannon, before playing the first rock gig at the home of cricket earlier this week.

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