A talented wicket-keeper described by E.W.Swanton as "safe and correct", Don Brennan only played two Tests in his short career, with the England keeping spot securely occupied by Godfrey Evans. Brennan played his two Tests against South Africa in 1951, letting through just a single bye in South Africa's mammoth 538 at Headingley on his debut, but was a little less secure at the Oval. He toured India, Pakistan and Ceylon the following winter but did not play a Test.
He made his debut for Yorkshire at the age of 27, and played only six years at first-class level. As a 'keeper he was generally unspectacular but could bring off some sensational leg-side stumpings. He was not a strong bat, averaging just over 10 in first-class cricket with a highest score of 67*. As an amateur he was unable to balance cricket and business commitments and dropped out of the game as a player. He served many years on the Yorkshire committee, where he achieved some notoriety through his protracted and bitter battles with Geoff Boycott.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dave Liverman)