Ian Marshall took over as Editor of the Playfair Cricket Annual in 2009, having previously worked on 15 editions of the annual in his role as a book publisher. During his 30-year publishing career, he has worked with some of cricket's greatest players, including Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Stuart Broad, David Gower, Justin Langer, Dennis Lillee and Sir Garry Sobers. He still occasionally plays cricket, and has toured Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
David Matthews is a bestselling writer and journalist. He has written for various newspapers and publications, including the OBSERVER, SUNDAY TIMES, GQ and ESQUIRE and has reported for the BBC and Channel Four. His first book, LOOKING FOR A FIGHT, was shortlisted for the 2001 William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize; and his BBC series, THE TROUBLE WITH BLACK MEN, was shortlisted for the 2005 Royal Television Society best documentary award. MAN BUYS DOG is his second book.
Stanley Matthews joined Stoke City in 1930 and played for them until 1947 when he transferred to Blackpool. He won an FA Cup winner's medal in 1953. Late in his career he returned to Stoke, before retiring from the game at 50, having become the first footballer ever to be knighted. He died, aged 85, in February 2000.
Andy Murray is currently ranked the number 1 tennis player in the world.He has won three Grand Slam titles: Wimbledon twice (2013, 2016) and the US Open once (2012). He also has two Olympic titles to his name (2012, 2016).Andy led Great Britain to a Davis Cup triumph in 2015, and he has won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award a record three times (2013, 2015, 2016).He was knighted in the 2017 New Years Honours list.