Joseph Guy, one of three players to make their debut v Sussex at Brighton in 1837, was a man of singularly unassuming manners with a smile that was bland and childlike.
He was a baker by occupation and an upright, scientific batsman, the best in the Notts side for several summers, but he could take the defence of his wicket, at times, to extremes, hardly caring if runs were scored. His ability was recognised by MCC and he played for Players v Gentlemen on 17 occasions.
When Clarke set up his All England Eleven in 1846, Guy was an automatic choice and though he played for Clarke’s side for ten years, his run-getting in Odds matches was not impressive.
He received £165.9.6d for his benefit in 1856, using the money to purchase the Carpenter’s Arms in Mansfield Road, Nottingham. His new occupation as landlord was, a commentator notes, ‘not conducive to longevity’.
He died at his home in 1873.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 37