Can we get to the bottom of this? Hunt is on for Ashes streaker, 38 years on

The search is on for Ashes streaker Michael Angelow, 38 years after he revealed all
The search is on for Ashes streaker Michael Angelow, 38 years after he revealed all

The hunt is on to find the man credited with introducing the risky art of streaking to British sport nearly 40 years ago – and the trail points to Hemel Hempstead.

Michael Angelow disrupted play on the fourth day of the Ashes Test by baring all during a scorching hot afternoon on August 4, 1975.

He ran across the pitch and even leaped energetically over the bails before being stopped by a police officer.

And as England and Australia do battle again with the start of the Ashes this week, a bid has been launched to track him down.

Michael was a 24-year-old Merchant Navy cook when he stripped off and hit the headlines, but it is believed that after leaving the Navy he set up a catering business in Hemel Hempstead.

His bare bottom leap, which earned him a £20 fine for outraging public decency, now graces the cover of Sticky Wickets, the new album by The Duckworth Lewis Method, a cricket-themed band led by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and songwriter Thomas Walsh.

The singers this week put out a call to track down Michael via a national newspaper.

And they say if they manage to track him down he may even be asked to strip off again – but this time it will be for a music video rather than in front of hundreds of cricket fans.

Years after the stunt Michael revealed that he had been offered cash to put on similar naked performances at the Grand National and Wimbledon but turned the chance down.

Can you help the musicians to get in touch with Michael? Let us know, call 01442 262311 or email thegazette@jpress.co.uk.