‘1973 and Me is a vital account of the spirit, dynamism and cultural transformation of cricket brought about by West Indian cricketers. It is told with verve and brio by Colin Babb and along the way gives the reader plenty of fun’.
Colin Grant, historian, author and broadcaster

‘Colin Babb has a rare and beautiful talent for immersing the reader into history, allowing them to feel and share the journey of our pasts’.
Karen Hunte, Chair, Caribbean Politics, British Political Studies Association

‘A warm and captivating read with a legendary cast of characters’.
Lainy Malkani, Director of the Social History Hub, author and journalist

‘A treasure trove of fascinating historical details and personal stories’.
John Stevenson, broadcaster and journalist


‘A thoughtful and timely piece of work which should make a major contribution to the continuing debate about the impact of West Indian cricket, and appeal to cricket fans and non-cricket afficionados alike’.
Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth OJ

‘Colin has brought out, with tremendous power and depth, how important the achievements of West Indian cricket were to the self-respect and sense of identity of West Indian people in Britain’.
Clem Seecharan, Emeritus Professor of History, London Metropolitan University

‘Colin Babb has brought warmth, understanding and insight to this deftly observed account of West Indian cricket in England. He is a first-hand witness of part of a unique cricket journey and They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun is a tasty broth of cricket history, anecdote and personal reflection. It deserves to be savoured’.
Simon Lister, author of Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet, and Supercat: The authorised biography of Clive Lloyd