Supporters of the England cricket team
Welcome to the official website of The Addis Army, a bunch of cricket fans that follow the England cricket team all round the world on every England tour. Our group was formed back on the 2004/05 tour to South Africa when for reasons best known to ourselves, we went to South Africa via Addis Ababa on the glorious Ethiopian Airlines. This is our official website, read on and enjoy and if you see us at games please come over and join us for a beer or two.
What do the England players think about the Addis Army? Here's England leading run-scorer Alastair Cook thanking the Addis Army for its support on tour.
The Addis Army were formed back on the 2004/05 tour to South Africa, when for crazy reasons we ended up in Ethiopia. Read how it all begun.
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Graham Rose, Former Somerset, Middlesex all-rounder
December 2017 - This month we’re delighted to speak to one of county cricket’s leading all-rounders in the 1990s. His close to 9,000 first class runs and 600+ wickets made him a folk hero at Somerset – it is of course Graham Rose, the world record holder for the fastest List A limited overs hundred, off just 36 balls. More to come on that later.
Clive Radley, former Middlesex, England batsman
November 2017 - This month we speak to a batsman whose first-class career spanned 23 years (representing just one county - Middlesex), who scored over 26,000 first class runs, and had a Test batting average of 48.10. Any ideas? It is of course Clive Radley. A late starter in Test cricket, Clive’s average is up there with some of the greats of the game.
Richard Halsall, Bangladesh assistant coach & Former England fielding coach
October 2017 - This month we are privileged to be speaking with Richard Halsall, assistant coach of Bangladesh and former England fielding coach. We caught up with Richard just days after their series with Australia, where the Tigers secured an excellent 1-1 result in the two Test match series.Read more
Bob Taylor, former England Wicket-Keeper
September 2017 - You’ve guessed it, it’s another wicket-keeper we’re interviewing this month! However, what stands this interviewee apart is he holds the world record for the number of dismissals by a wicket-keeper, his record of 2,069 I doubt will ever be broken. It is of course Bob Taylor, arguably one of the most accomplished wicket-keepers to have ever played the game.Read more
John Morris, former England, Derbyshire, Durham batsman
August 2017 - With the current England team struggling to nail down a consistent number three batsman; this month we speak to a former player who was one of county cricket’s finest number 3’s for nearly 15 years. Sadly, this former Derbyshire and Durham player was only to play three Test matches for his country.
Danni Wyatt, England Women's all-rounder
July 2017 - With the women’s World Cup now well underway we’re delighted this month to speak to one of the key members of England’s side, talented batter Danni Wyatt. We caught up with Danni ahead of the tournament as she and her team mates were away preparing in the warmth of Abu Dhabi.
Saint finally goes down under
December 2017 - Now I’ve been doing Addis trips for 12 years now, but never have I been in a situation before where my funds and family/work commitments have allowed me to consider the Ashes away option. A bonus at work, Freddie advising of appealing travel plans (3 days in Sydney joined by Mr B, then join Tremmers and Smithy in Brisbane, plus Midnight & George (Waldorf & Statler) and likewise Adelaide, and a NEED TO GO finally made me commit.Read more
December 2017 - Well, it’s all gone a bit Pete Tong, hasn’t it? At time of writing, we’re waiting for Day 5 in Perth and hoping the rain dances pay off so that England can limp away with a draw and keep the series alive until Boxing Day. It’s just more fun on Christmas night if there’s something to play for, isn’t it?Read more
Would you like some concrete with that?
December 2017 - So what will probably be the last Ashes Test Match at the WACA has come to an inevitable conclusion with England’s eighth successive defeat there. As Test venues go, it is one of the newer ones what with England playing their first Test in the 1970/71 series. But what are they moving to?Read more
Tremers' 12 days of Christmas quiz
December 2017 - As its Christmas I thought I would enter into the spirit by doing a 12 days of Christmas quiz. In honour of people that give the ball a bloody good whack in test cricket only, I have based it on the mighty 6 hitters that we all love to see in full flow.Read more
Ashes to Ashes
November 2017 - The 2017-18 Ashes series offers England an opportunity to prove their doubters wrong. Many people are predicting a straight-forward victory for the hosts. And, it is not only Glenn McGrath who is predicting a 5-0 series win for Australia. Other sage observers are suggesting the result is a formality, and the only variable is the number of wins Australia accomplishes.Read more
OZ 2017, HERE WE GO AGAIN
November 2017 - Well it’s that time again, after a long summer and busy autumn at work, the time has come to focus again on a few weeks away watching England, this time back in the old convict colony. There will be many highs, but I guess a larger amount of lows on the pitch. I hope I’m totally wrong but only time will tell.Read more
November 2017 - So as I type, there are TWLEVE DAYS TO GO! I am really excited about this year’s Ashes, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it genuinely seems like quite a while since the last series, which didn’t happen last time because of the World Cup-led rescheduling that saw about 15 Ashes tests played in about 7 weeks.Read more
Cricket at the Crossroads
November 2017 - Guy Fraser-Simpson’s Cricket at the Crossroads (Elliot and Thompson, 2011) was devoured in my household. Literally. The dog got hold of it before I did, and the fly-cover, first few pages and final chapter were gone. Nevertheless, I struggled on and read all that remained in my tattered and torn copy of this 2011 book.Read more
My Take on The Ashes
November 2017 - Jim Laker once said that the purpose of the England cricket team was mainly to be Australia. This epitomises what The Ashes is about. Having lived and worked in Melbourne, I have first hand knowledge of the Victorian's love of sport and especially those wearing the baggy green. I recall a chat I had one evening in the bar with a local called Harold.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
A Proper Shower
18th December 2017 -When Lofty is unwilling to get behind the wheel of a car, something must be truly amiss. So I was extremely surprised when he said he was unwell, and asked me to undertake the two hour drive into Adelaide to drop off the hire car in order to board our flight to Melbourne, and onward to Perth. Then, Five - O sent me a photo of the following road sign, and the penny dropped.
The Dumbest creatures on earth
12th December 2017 -After the depressing Adelaide debacle, Lofty and I set off on our six day road trip prior to travelling to Perth. Our destination - the outback, complete with searing heat, flies, Mick Taylor and other creepy crawlies. Like the early explorers the general plan was to head north and see what happens, with one specific exception.
The week we lost The Ashes
7th December 2017 -Adelaide has always been my favourite mainland Australian city. It is laid out perfectly with a small CBD consisting of parallel and easy to navigate streets. There are free buses and trams to ferry you around. The buildings ooze class, from the many old churches to the million dollar piles in North Adelaide.
Its A Thick Line......Between In and Out
1st December 2017 -G'day internet poms. The Addis Army started their Brisbane reunion on Tuesday evening in the Pig 'n' Whistle by the riverside, which is in fact a popular Barmy Army watering hole. Mr Blade, Freddie and Saint were there to meet Lofty and myself: Tremers was on his way together with his Wormsley acolyte Andy. Smithy and Wayne were expected tomorrow.
22nd November 2017 -After my nightmare experience earlier this year flying to Auckland with Qatar Airways in cattle class, the decision this time to go Business class with Cathay Pacific and break the journey to Australia in Hong Kong really paid dividends. Folks, Business class really is worth all the extra money.
Ashes Preview 2017/18
12th November 2017 -Freddie has asked me to write a nice, sunny, positive piece about the forthcoming Ashes series – in other words, I think, something like my usual efforts... However I am sorry, dear readers. No matter how hard I try I cannot reach any other conclusion except that we will be walloped again
Headingley 2017: Two Shai, Shaie
1st September 2017 - Well, what could possibly go wrong for England? A Test match at Headingley against the ‘second division’ West Indies: in the ‘saddest’ series ever played in history, according to the increasingly irritating Mr Vaughan?
25th August 2017 - So here we are for England’s first day nighter. This seems a rather pointless exercise but over 70,000 tickets have been sold for the first 3 days which is more than were sold for Trent Bridge or Old Trafford against South Africa, arguably more attractive opponents than a West Indies weakened by divisions between the senior players and the Board.
Old Trafford 2017: George Osborne’s Northern Curry House
14th August 2017 - Having already committed to one diary after the Trent Bridge Test, I was aghast when Freddie asked me to review Old Trafford as well. However, luckily one or two rather funny incidents made the job easier. Fasten your drinking belts...
The Oval 2017
7th August 2017 - Ah, how nice to be back at the Oval! It was the scene of my first Test in 1963, England v the West Indies. In those days kids could sit on the boundary rope and I remember sitting somewhere near third man looking up in awe at the hooked nose of my Surrey hero, Ken Barrington. This is my ninth Test at the Oval and my third against South Africa.
Trent Bridge 2017: The Emperor's New Clothes
19th July 2017 - G’day everyone. Our Addis Army editor, Freddie, must be a nervous wreck. Filled with trepidation that his most negative correspondent has been watching events at Trent Bridge. Especially in view of the likely number of expletive deletions that might be required to this piece - after the truly woeful performance by our ‘Champagne’ England team.
Forget the cricket – Just toss the coin!
16th May 2017 - Blackpool. From nearly forty years ago, when I was forced to work there by an unscrupulous and uncaring employer, I have harboured a secret dread of the place. Exiled to the Fylde Coast as a wide-eyed young bank cashier, I spent three summers bagging coin for the pub customers to use in their fruit machines and whilst learning next to nothing, ended up with muscles like Popeye.
Insufficient Reserves at the Basin
20th March 2017 -Anyone who enjoyed my first two articles might not like this one. It has some live cricket content!
My first weekend in Wellington has gone okay, considering the extremely poor weather. It really has been atrocious since Saturday morning and in the top part of North Island there have been floods, power cuts and gales, so some might say I'm in the right place.
Of Kittens and Keith Lard
12th March 2017 -Kia Ora all and further greetings from New Zealand. On our way back up to Auckland we visited sunny Nelson to chill. Little did I expect that our third day there would find me sat on a bright orange plastic kayak, paddling furiously out to sea in the Abel Tasman National Park. After one of those interminable drives that seem to last all day, including a climb of the fearsome Takaka Hill.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
Ben Stokes and Alex Hales: Morality v Legality
October 2017 - One late night in Bristol, two England cricketers were drunk and in that danger zone between club and taxi. We have all been there. Anyone who has left a city centre pub or club at 2am and took longer than 5 minutes to get in a taxi has seen people looking for a confrontation.Read more
Which non cricketing country would you love to start playing the game?
August 2017 - Something a bit different from me this month. Instead of my usual ramblings I want to pose a question to you! Which non cricketing country would you love to start playing cricket so England could tour there? It can be absolutely anywhere!Read more
Who dropped JR?
June 2017 - The recent England ODI team has been like Theresa May started this election campaign. Strong and stable. Everyone knew the team and everyone in the team knew there jobs. Roy Hales Root Morgan Stokes Buttler Ali Woakes Plunkett Rashid Wood.Read more
The Last Gentleman
February 2017 - In many ways Alastair Cook was a throwback to another time. A black and white pathe news time where cricket teams sailed on tour and Tests were just that, a test. An attritional struggle requiring grit and patience.Read more
Will England's success in India be limited?
January 2017 - After the disappointment of the Test tour of India late last year, can the limited overs cricketers of England have more success. England have been improving under Eoin Morgan in both limited overs formats, however they are still behind India in the rankings.Read more
An English Cricket fan's survival guide to touring India
December 2016 - It is now almost 2 weeks since I returned from Visakhapatnam and my heart is still there. At times it felt like I was leaving other parts of me too. It was a death defying, stomach churning chaotic visit.Read more
Will England get in a spin against India?
November 2016 - When England collapsed form 100-0 to 164 all out, they lost a Test to Bangladesh for the first time. On a turning pitch, with variable bounce, England struggled to put an innings together. Not that Bangladesh found it easy either, Neither side scored more than 300.Read more
RC - Joe is the Root Cause of Pakistan's Defeat
September 2016 - Joe Root's 61 and 89 have guided England past two modest Pakistan totals in the first 2 ODIs. After top scoring in the Test series, including 254 at Old Trafford, the 25 year old from Sheffield is surely cementing his place at the best batsmen in the world.Read more