YORKSHIRE’S magnificent seven County Championships in ten years have been immortalised in print.

A signing session was recently held at Headingley for Andrew Collomosse’s excellent book, The Magnificent Seven.

The book charts Yorkshire’s seven titles and two Gillette Cup wins between 1959 and 1969.

A total of 15 surviving players who featured in that run of success have all contributed to the book, apart from Geoffrey Boycott.

The players take it in turns to look back at a different year, while Ray Illingworth has written the foreword and Brian Close the afterword.

Batsman Bryan Stott, for example, contributes to 1959, the first win after Surrey’s years of dominance, ex-England wicketkeeper Jimmy Binks to 1964 and former England off-spinner Geoff Cope talks about 1967.

Batsman John Hampshire, also a former umpire of some repute, talks about 1963.

At the Headingley signing session, Hampshire said: “It’s excellent. It’s a pretty true reflection of Yorkshire cricket, both on and off the field, in that period of time.

“It was a unique period, and I doubt that it will ever be done again.

“There were some very, very good players playing for Yorkshire at that time, and I don’t necessarily put myself in that category. You had Close, Trueman, Illingworth, Binks et al. It was a very special time to be involved with this club.”

Hampshire played eight Test matches for England, scoring 107 on debut against the West Indies in June 1969.

He scored 28,059 runs, and went onto stand as an umpire in international cricket between 1989 and 2001.

• The Magnificent Seven is published by Great Northern books, and is available for £16.99.