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(1931–2015)
  • Rob Steen

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Close, (Dennis) Brian (1931–2015), cricketer and footballer, was born on 24 February 1931 at 8 New Street, Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of Harry Close, dyers’ labourer, and his wife Esther, née Barrett. Despite having had a sickly childhood, he soon gave notice of being a gifted ballplayer who batted left-handed, bowled right-handed, and played golf ambidextrously off single-figure handicaps. Encouraged by his father, who had played in the same ...

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