Geoff Miller to speak at 20th stag dinner


Swardeston celebrate the 20th year of their annual stag dinner by welcoming one of the most highly regarded performers on the after-dinner speaking circuit – former England all-rounder Geoff Miller.

Geoff spent 20 years on the professional cricket circuit representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England. He travelled to all the major Test-playing countries and played with or against some of the greatest players in the game.

To which he freely admits: “I wasn’t one of them!”

In his own words: “I was a comparatively boring bread and butter cricketer who was only selected in the team to allow all the brilliant flair players to perform with freedom”.

Having said that, he did play in 34 Test Matches; 25 One Day Internationals; 7 Overseas Tours; scored over 14,000 runs; was captain of Derbyshire and vice-captain of England; took over 1000 wickets and held over 300 catches – so he couldn’t have been all that bad!

Apart from cricket, Geoff’s greatest attribute was the ability to keep his team-mates amused with his hilarious dry Northern humour – which he now brings to the after dinner circuit.

By virtue of the sport he was in and the life he has led, Geoff now possesses a whole host of hilarious anecdotes and stories about himself and his colleagues.

As Ian Botham’s ex-room-mate for five years, he has a few funny stories to tell about that!

Miller returns to Swardeston after first appearing in 1995, eight years after the first took place in 1987 with Clive Radley opening proceedings. All speakers over the 20-years have all played Test cricket.

The dinner takes place on Monday 25 September at 7pm with tickets costing £30.

Dinner organiser David Thomas said: “Geoff is widely seen as the best cricket speaker on the circuit, he is also a current England
selector and with the Ashes upon us again this winter he should prove to be
an excellent choice.

“Geoff will be supported by the highly-recommended comedian Curtis King. I sincerely hope guests will be able to join us for our twentieth anniversary at what has become a marvellous yearly event.”


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