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Either a pompous ass or a maiden aunt

John Woodcock has been a father figure in cricket journalism for many years. 

But it didn't start well for him.

“Your cricket correspondent is either a pompous ass or a maiden aunt."
The postcard was sent to The Times editor Sir William Haley.
It was not the only one of its kind.

 

Bit nothing could perturb Woodcock and he continued doing what he was asked to do.
Rather thankfully.