Ivan Marks and the Likely Lads
By: Mark Wintle
This book tells the story of Ivan Marks and the original Leicester Likely Lads (Roy Marlow, Dave Downes, Dave Rossi, Brian Envis, Howard Humphrey, John Essex, Robin Grouse and Phil Coles). It tells how they met, how they fished, the waters they fished, the matches they won, their methods, bait and tackle, and how they came to dominate a golden age of match fishing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It tells of their chequered National career and how world success eluded Ivan.
Ivan Marks wasnt just the finest match angler of his generation, he was perhaps the greatest of all time; he was certainly a dominant celebrity in a sport where such characters are rare. He dominated the sport in the 1960s and 1970s, and was still successful in the 1980s, winning a succession of massive championships and many big open matches. His outstanding ability brought him a regular England place. His Leicester teammates shared in his success, winning many team events, including the last of the All-England Nationals, and a further National win in 1974.
A must read for any match fishing or Ivan Marks fan!