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Wes Stewart immigration limbo
adelaide (IP Logged)
17 April, 2018 00:27
Thanks to Thomas on the Surrey board for posting this link there:-


Related to the Windrush generation issue that has rightly become huge in the last few days but complicated by his having needed to hold a Jamaican passport when his temporary British one ran out.


Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
18 April, 2018 09:09
Let us hope that this unfortunate situation will be resolved as soon as possible.

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
18 April, 2018 18:26
Wes Stewart certainly made a great contribution to the UK when taking 70 first-class wickets in 1966 and 49 in 1967, and then making cookers and decorating, so it is sad to hear about the situation experienced by he and other people from the Windrush Generation.

Hopefully common sense will prevail.

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
Uxmond (IP Logged)
19 April, 2018 13:18
Any idea why Wes Stewart's cricket career was so short? In three seasons he took a total of 131 wickets, averaging 23.91. If Middlesex felt they had enough fast bowlers without him, I'd have thought other counties would have been interested.

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
19 April, 2018 13:29
That's a good point.

He was just before my memories start, but I'm guessing bowling averages tended to be a bit better in those days (and batting averages a bit worse) because of 3 day games, uncovered wickets (I think they still were then) no helmets to make batsman feel comfortable, etc.

Even so, an average of 23.91 would still be good (maybe more like 28 or 29 in today's currency) I suppose the other point is playing staffs tended to be smaller. I seem to remember Essex had a staff of 13 when I started watching, and 15 or 16 was common, so I suppose there was less opportunity for people who weren't automatic first picks to get another chance elsewhere.

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
PaulR_enfield (IP Logged)
22 April, 2018 22:02
Just before my time too but there was far less movement between counties back then but it does seem strange that his career was so short based on those figures and considering the comparative figures of players who did carry on year after year at that time around the circuit.

Not just because he was a cricketer but it seems very disturbing that this generation of immigrants, having in some cases being appallingly treated at the time, even now are still going through this kind of stuff.

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
23 April, 2018 07:51
Does anyone know if Mr Stewart's case been resolved yet?

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
23 April, 2018 09:08
Ask Amber Dud or the Maybot.

Re: Wes Stewart immigration limbo
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
18 July, 2018 18:55
Former West Indies all-rounder Collis King has become the latest cricketer to have run into immigration difficulties, although better news is that Wes Stewart has been granted British citizenship.

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