Born in Wilford on May 3rd 1869, Alick Handford was a right-arm medium pace bowler with an easy action, making the ball come quickly off the pitch.
His first trial for Nottinghamshire was in the Colts XXII of 1893, he then appeared for Nottinghamshire Colts v Yorkshire Colts in June in 1894 and won a place in the County side v Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge on Jul 26th, 27th and 28th 1894, gaining immediate recognition with a second innings analysis of 26-18-25-5.
He finished the season with 25 wickets at a cost of 17.44 each in four matches. The Nottinghamshire committee were more than impressed and went to much trouble to secure his services for all their matches in 1895, first by obtaining a substitute for his club engagement and second by finding him a place on the M.C.C staff.
In the Colts match of 1895 - Handford demolished the youngsters, taking 24 wickets for 66.
In 1896 Handford played only v Middlesex at Lord's and his last County match was v Lancashire at Trent Bridge on July 4th, 5th and 6th, 1898.
Alick Handford died in Tavistock on October 15th, 1935.