Former judge Sir Oliver Popplewell has rubbished Bradford City fire survivor Martin Fletcher's attack on his recent outspoken comments about the Hillsborough tragedy, claiming someone with no credible batting history cannot possibly be taken seriously.
Sir Oliver, who played in 41 first-class matches and scored 881 runs at an average of 20.48, wrote in a letter to The Times that families bereaved by events at Hillsborough are 'habouring conspiracy theories' and compared their reaction negatively to that of the survivors of the Bradford City fire.
Fletcher, who was 12 when he survived the fire, described some of Sir Oliver's comments as 'an absolute travesty of the truth and a disgrace'.
Sir Oliver repeated his challenge: "Go on, how many runs?"
"Bet he didn't even make his school's 1st XI. Or maybe his school didn't even play cricket. Damn riff-raff."