Geoff Boycott was born on the 21st October 1940 in Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire. He was educated at Hemsworth Grammar school and by the age of 13 was playing for both Yorkshire school boys and Barnsley in the Yorkshire League. Aged 17 he was vice captain for Yorkshire Federation under 18's and after moving to Leeds cricket club became opening batsman for them and the Yorkshire Colts second XI.
In 1962 he made his first appearance for Yorkshire against Pakistan and in 1963 scored his first century; 145 for Yorkshire v Lancashire in the Roses match at Bramhall Lane, Sheffield. He went on to open for Yorkshire in July 1963 and for England v Australia in June 1964.
He was appointed Yorkshire captain for seasons 1971 to 1978. He scored 32,570 runs for Yorkshire at an average of 57,85 including 103 centuries.
He went on to become the first Englishman to average over 100 runs per innings in 1971 when he scored 2,503 runs. In that same year he made three successive Test 100's. In 1979 he again averaged over 100 per innings, becoming the only player to do so twice. Of all players who have scored 25,000 runs in first class cricket, Geoff Boycott has the second highest average (after Sir Donald Bradman) of 48,426 runs at 56.83 (as at 2006).
Throughout his international career he scored 151 first class centuries which is the 5th highest and played 108 Test matches for his country, scoring 8114 runs with an average of 47.72, including 22 test centuries. He captained England four times during England's tour of Pakistan and New Zealand in 1977-78.
On the 11th August 1977 he scored his 100th century at Headingley, leeds, during the 4th Test Match England v Australia. He became the 18th batsman in the history of the game to perform such a feat, but was the first man to achieve this distinction in a Test Match.
He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1980.