I Don't Like Cricket - I Love It
Bill has been involved with the Barmy Army since 2004. Since then he has travelled with the England cricket team all over the globe
He has toured the West Indies, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and has become one of the most recognised faces (and sounds!) at any cricket ground.
Bill became a well known figure during the 2005 Ashes. He played at every Test bar Lords where in his absence, we lost. After the victorious Oval Test, he was summoned onto the stage with the players at the victory parade in Trafalgar Square, leading the celebratory songs in front of 100,000 people. Bill shot into the headlines again after the Australian police stopped him playing at the Brisbane Test in 2006, leading to a public backlash at home and abroad. The story took up the back page of The Times, and The Australian described "Trumpetgate" as "the biggest Ashes scandal since Bodyline"! After this Bill was a guest on almost every breakfast TV/radio show in Australia and became a household name down under.
Through his exploits as the Barmy Army trumpeter Bill has attracted much media coverage, with regular mentions in the UK press. He has been interviewed by newspapers including the Observer, The Times and The Mirror, and magazines such as The Wisden Cricketer, All Out Cricket and Loaded. He even made it into the cricketing bible, Wisden, as "possibly the most famous trumpeter since Dizzy Gillespie". Throughout England test matches Bill attracts coverage and favourable comment from both Sky and BBC TMS, and is a regular guest on Sky Sports News. Bill was featured heavily in the ITV series "Aussie Goes Barmy", was a contributing interviewee for Sky's "Ashes Remembered" , and had a short documentary devoted to him in Sky's "A Day in the Life of...." at the Cardiff Ashes Test in 2009.