Having drawn the 1973-74 series in the West Indies, England started the 1976 series at home against the West Indies in confident mood, with their captain Tony Greig proclaiming before TV cameras that England would make West Indies "grovel". Greig was never allowed to forget that comment, although in a subsequent interview many years later he recounted that his comment was born out of frustration with the journalist interviewing him at Hove in early season 1976. Greig felt that the interviewer was concentrating too much on the West Indies fast bowling attack and not discussing England's strengths. Even in an interview with Sky Sports "Saturday Story" only around a year before Greig died, he was prepared to apologise on camera for his remark - even some 35 years after he had originally made it.

1976 - West Indies cricket tour

West Indian cricket team in England in 1976
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  West Indies England
Dates 12 May – 17 August
Captains Clive Lloyd Tony Greig
Alan Knott (1st ODI)
Test series
Result West Indies won the 5-match series 3–0
Most runs Viv Richards (829) David Steele (308)
Most wickets Michael Holding (28) Derek Underwood (17)
One Day International series
Results West Indies won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Viv Richards (216) Derek Randall (127)
Most wickets Andy Roberts (8) Derek Underwood (5)
Player of the series Derek Randall (Eng) and Viv Richards (WI)

Manchester United win I/ season