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Who'd Have Thowt LSCA - 90 Not Out - a personal journey through the life & cricket and the history of Lancashire Schools Cricket Associaton over the past 90 years. Book written by John Heaton.
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Background to the Book (By Andrew Hayhurst)
Do you know that in May of this year one of Lancashire Cricket’s great institutions will celebrate its 90th Birthday. This institution is the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association. In all its 90 years there have been just three Secretaries. Herbert Thomas was the founding Secretary in 1922 and he held on to that post for 49 legendary years until he retired in 1971. Bob Hurst succeeded Herbert in 1971 and remained Secretary until he passed away suddenly in 1984. He was followed by the current Secretary, John Heaton, who will have clocked up 28 years in 2012. John began his links with LSCA way back in 1964 just after beginning a long and distinguished teaching career which ended in 2001 when he retired as Headteacher of the Hayward School in Bolton.
To mark this very special occasion John has put together a history of this famous Association beginning way back in 1922 and culminating in this special year of 2012. It is a fascinating documentary both of the Association itself but also about the person who has been part of its history since 1964. There have been many special moments in the author’s life which have not only had massive implications for him personally but also for the fortunes of the Association. I have been privileged to have been given the chance to read this book and would wholeheartedly recommend it.
I do, myself, get a brief mention but so do many, many other well-known Lancastrians, some of whom have had a major influence on the Association's success. There are a number of photographs from way back in the early days up until the mid-1990’s featuring such ex-LSCA players as David Lloyd, Andrew Flintoff, Gary and Philip Neville, Michael Atherton and Glen Chapple to name but a few. For example did you know that Frank Tyson played for Lancashire Schools prior to being picked up by Northants. This book is full of such details.
The above picture taken at Stonyhurst College in 1985 shows the Under 13 team that played Yorkshire. There are three future England Internationals in the team - two should be easy to identify but the third might be a little more difficult.
This photo shows the Under 11 team of 1988 and includes two further England Internationals - one with a cap and one without.
On May 21st this year thanks to the outstanding support of the Lancashire County Cricket Club, the Lancashire Under 15 County team played a special 90th Birthday fixture against Yorkshire at Old Trafford.
We see this game as the beginning of a summer of celebrations across the county. John has been able to build a database of players who have represented a Lancashire Schools team since he became Secretary. The book was launched at the Lancashire v Yorkshire game on May 21st and at the same time published his list of past players which currently numbers 849.