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After more than thirty years watching and working in cricket, this picture, taken after the Test in July 1981 at Headingley, still means more to me than any other. Anyone who loves the sport of cricket knows exactly what this photograph stands for, what it means to the English. Few global cricket-lovers have been to Yorkshire, but a great many, know the meaning of 'Headingley 1981'.
It is unusual to see Sir Ian enjoying a quiet moment. The image is so far removed from the swashbuckling hero who we had just seen beating Australia. I suspect that it is as close to the real Sir Ian Botham that we can get. While modernity has met him with controversy, history will remember him as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time.
In addition to being a world class cricketer, Sir Ian was also a professional footballer. He made 11 appearances for Scunthorpe United between 1979 and 1984 - during the peak years of his England cricket career.
This beautiful image was framed by hand. We used the finest solid wood. The photograph was personally hand signed by Sir Ian Botham at a private signing session for our partner Icons in London on 30 October 2016.
Cricket is a game of mental toughness. The slow defeat of one's enemy is the gateway to greatness. This is the battlefield that Sir Ian Botham knows best. Whether scoring centuries or taking wickets, Sir Ian pummeled the morale of his opponents and fought his way into the hall of fame.
Celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest to play the game. Hand framed with 100% natural wood by our family of local artisans in Pelham Alabama, this high-quality frame is professionally finished with custom cut museum grade matting to ensure perfect proportions. Backed with kraft paper, our frames also come with hooks and wire pre-installed and have an outer edge measurement of approximately 18.5x22.5x1 inches with slight variation due to the custom hand cutting process of our museum grade frames. This work of art is ready to be installed immediately. We are excited to ship this token of English cricket history to you from our warehouse in the United States.