Ted Glover was typical of the colourful and jovial amateurs who appeared for Glamorgan in the 1930`s, with the Sherborne-educated cricketer claiming 118 wickets in 47 first-class appearances for the Welsh county. In later years, he became an influential sports journalist and after retiring from county cricket, Ted promoted cricket during the post-war era by editing “The South Wales Cricketers` Magazine”.
Ted had made his first-class debut for Glamorgan in 1932 against India at Cardiff Arms Park following some impressive performances in schools cricket. He soon developed into a useful fast-medium bowler, and an aggressive tail-end batsman. Indeed, Ted played a number of quickfire innings, including a rapid half-century for Glamorgan against Somerset at Downside School in 1934, during a tenth wicket partnership of 70 with his good friend Johnnie Clay.
He also took part in some moments of light relief with Viv Jenkins, most notably with a sign saying `Wanted – a Respectable Girl`. The mischievous pair had first spied the sign in the window of a newspaper shop in Hinckley when popping in for newspapers and cigarettes before play in the away match with Leicestershire. On leaving the small shop, Glover discretely filched the sign, which he duly gave a border of sticking tape.
The fun then started as the pair of amateurs placed it on the back of Harry Ditton, the cricket correspondent of the “Western Mail”. Several times he walked around the ground, blissfully unaware of what was causing the crowd to smile and laugh. At the close of play, Ted and Viv recovered the notice from Harry’s jacket with the cricket writer thankfully seeing the funny side of the prank.
Ted was also a talented rugby player, appearing for Glamorgan Wanderers RFC besides being the brother-in-law of Glamorgan captain Maurice Turnbull, with whom he shared an insurance brokerage based at Cardiff Docks.
GLOVER, Edward Robert Kenneth
Born – Worcester, 19th July 1911.
Died – Cardiff, 23rd March 1967.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 62 v Somerset at Downside School, 1934; 5/79 v Northamptonshire at Kettering, 1935.