Supporters of the England cricket team
Welcome to the official website of The Addis Army, a bunch of cricket fans that follow the England cricket team all round the world on every England tour. Our group was formed back on the 2004/05 tour to South Africa when for reasons best known to ourselves, we went to South Africa via Addis Ababa on the glorious Ethiopian Airlines. This is our official website, read on and enjoy and if you see us at games please come over and join us for a beer or two.
What do the England players think about the Addis Army? Here's England captain Alastair Cook thanking the Addis Army for its support on tour.
The Addis Army were formed back on the 2004/05 tour to South Africa, when for crazy reasons we ended up in Ethiopia. Read how it all begun.
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Keith Parsons, former Somerset all-rounder
April 2016 - The word legend is often overused in sport but in the case of this month’s interviewee, there is not a better word to describe this former Somerset stalwart who, alongside Ian Botham, is the county’s only player to have scored over 5,000 runs and taken in excess of 100 wickets.Read more
Craig White, former England all-rounder
March 2016 - We begin our new series of interviews by speaking with Craig White, a former England all-rounder who played 30 Test matches, scored a wonderful Test century in India, took three 5-wicket hauls and became the first bowler to dismiss the great Brian Lara for a golden duck.Read more
Bill Cooper, Barmy Army trumpeter
March 2016 - For many England fans, the sight of the Barmy Army's Billy the Trumpeter is a welcome one on tour. Bill's fine array of tunes are a great source of entertainment to cricket fans all over the world and often provide a much needed lift to the England players who are in the heat of battle.Read more
Pride in England, pride in Ben Stokes
April 2016 - 19 runs. Six balls. We just had to defend 19 runs and Eoin Morgan would have lifted the ICC WT20 trophy aloft. How difficult could it be? Very. I'm writing my blog this month on an overnight flight back from Los Angeles, having got up this morning at 6am.Read more
The Ultimate Addis Army Knockout Competition
April 2016 - With the start of the County Championship upon us I’ve put together the Ultimate Post 1970s Addis Army Fantasy Knock-out Competition. If you’re reading this you’ve obviously got some time to spare so here’s something to fill your time!
The County Championship is back
April 2016 - This month sees the start of the new County Championship season; can anyone stop the Yorkshire juggernaut? The promotion of both Surrey and Lancashire whets the appetite on the strength of this year's Championship.
The Gatekeeper: A tour manager's diary
April 2016 - Ever wondered what’s it like for those in charge of the various tour groups on tour? Howzat Bob talks through his experience of being a tour manager for the first time! Having been a Howzat customer for five years, the tour to South Africa marked my very experience.Read more
T20 World Cup: Tractor's Preview
March 2016 - Oh. The World Twenty20 tournament starts in a couple of weeks? That had genuinely passed me by. I knew there was one somewhere in the vaguely defined future but I only checked it out when I was told this month’s Addis Army newsletter would focus on the tournament.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
ODI's Under African Skies
26th January 2016 - After such a heady Test Series win, a brief break from cricket was called for. Lofty, Five - O and myself headed east for four hours on the N4 to Graskop, a small town in Mpumulanga (Transvaal) at the southern end of the Blyde River Canyon.
26th January 2016 - A poor start by England in the fourth and final test. Some loose bowling, another nightmare from Bairstow behind the stumps with more dropped catches and a bit of form shown at last by the SA batsmen. The outfield was like green ice and everything that beat the field was hurtling to the boundary.
The Calm after the Storm
24th January 2016 - The morning after the victory in Johannesburg was an exceedingly groggy one. When Lofty, Simon and I had arrived back at our hotel we decided to test the bar opening hours, and it was still serving as we staggered up to bed at 1.45am.
Will Blade's Plan Cut It?
17th January 2016 - When the third day of the Johannesburg Test started, I was watching a crown green bowling tournament. Lofty was under the impression that he had left our match tickets in his hotel safe, and had gone scurrying back to the hotel to fetch them - while I looked after his rucksack.
15th January 2016 - Lofty and I got into Ladybrand just in time. The tropical storm that had been threatening all afternoon finally broke at about 6pm, meaning we were confined for the evening to our bed and breakfast, Cranberry Cottages. Our arrival had not been auspicious.
Ostriches at the Valley of Desolation
11th January 2016 - Lofty was not in a great mood today. After missing out in his ancestry quest we now faced a very long drive north to a small karoo town called Graaf-Reinet. For the last 200 km we motored through featureless Karoo desert terrain on the N9 motorway.
Lofty was a Voortrekker...but he never hurt nobody
10th January 2016 - Our final breakfast at the Brenwin in Capetown was taken with Pugger, one of Lofty's pals from Guernsey and our latest Addis recruit. Pugger and his mates also went AWOL from the cricket on day five and took a day trip to Robben Island.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
The T20 World Cup: Jekyll and Hyde Cricket
April 2016 - Will the 2016 T20 World Cup Final be pitch perfect? It almost feels like there have been two separate tournaments taking place in India over the past few weeks, with thrilling, high scoring games dominated by big hitting batsmen at venues like Mumbai and Mohali.
England have the speed, but can they last the pace?
February 2016 - Have England got the stamina for the shortest version of the game? The T20 World Cup starts in India in two weeks' time. Can England win? Yes. Will they win? Probably not. In the 12 months since they limped sadly out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England have made massive progress.Read more
Breaking news: England not as bad as South Africa
February 2016 - England triumphed over South Africa 2-1 without being triumphant. England went into this series with grounds for optimism that they were a better team than South Africa despite their ranking as the best Test team in the world. South Africa were a team on the decline, at best one in transition.Read more
Which way is the Third Test going to go?
January 2016 - Which country has the momentum going into the Third Test? After their stunning victory in the First Test in Durban, England went to Cape Town full of confidence and when Ben Stokes started to hit the ball to all corners of Newlands, the series looked to be England's for the taking.Read more
England cricket one up; look set to make it two
January 2016 - Disaster in Durban, turns calamitous in Cape Town as Steyn is out and Anderson is back. England won the first Test in Durban by 241 runs. A victory equally comprehensive in its margin and its style. Everyone in the England team contributed runs or wickets, with the exception of Hales.Read more
Bell out, as England rings changes
December 2015 - Have England dropped a clanger for the South Africa Test series? Many would suggest that Ian Bell has been dining in the last chance saloon for much of his England career. Despite averaging over 40, the Warwickshire batsmen has often seemed to be one poor series away from being dropped.Read more
Two Tests, too close for England cricket
November 2015 - England's lack of focus is a little short-sighted. As England make a good start to the Third and final Test at Sharjah, it's time to reflect on the missed opportunities that have dogged England's impressive displays in the UAE. No-one has beaten Pakistan in the Middle East.Read more