Past and Present – lots of history and next seasons fixtures
John was trying to blend into the background
For the past week or two my main focus has been on getting next year’s fixtures for the Under 11 through to Under 15 boys teams sorted out. I have made some good progress. Excluding the Festivals I have 48 fixtures to deal with and at the moment I have 32 of them fixed. Of the remaining 16 fixtures dates have been offered or accepted and await final confirmation. One of those poses a slight problem in that although Northumberland have been included by the ECB in their Under 14 programme my contact in the North East tells me that they will not have a team at that age group in 2012 !!!
I said in one of my last Blogs that there had been a problem with dates at Kings College, Taunton. Malcolm Broad is now in the process of issuing invitations and I responded yesterday to the first. This is one where he has had to change his overall schedule. I accepted his invitation for the Under 14’s to be at Kings College from Sunday July 29th to Friday August 3rd. This is much earlier than has been the practice over recent years. These dates would have normally been for the Under 13’s. It is likely they will take over the Under 14’s week from Sunday August 12th to Friday August 17th.
Malcolm has indicated he will be sending out invitations for all the Festivals in the next two weeks. As soon as I can I will post them on a Blog and then compile them with a Fixture List on the main representative section of the website.
One thing I can say is that we are very hopeful we will get an invite to enter a team in an Under 10 Festival at Kings.
The history bit is getting quite a grip on me. I have unearthed some old scrapbooks I had from the initial days when I had become Secretary. I was elected in October 1984 and produced my very first Year Book in 1985. This is full of match details, averages for the county teams along with programmes and photographs. This was a golden period for LSCA in terms of its relationship with the County Club. Cedric Rhoades was our President and he made sure with the support of the County Secretary, Mr Chris Hassell, and Head Groundsman, Peter Marron, that all of our county teams played at least one county fixture at Old Trafford. We had Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 19 teams at that time. We invited other counties to play us at Old Trafford as all our games were friendlies. The Under 19 team played the LCCC Club and Ground. In addition we had our annual Finals Day in September when we played the Hacking Cup U13 Final in the morning and followed it with the Under 15 Ainsworth Trophy in the afternoon.
My first big event to deal with in 1985 was a double North v South weekend at Old Trafford. The North Lancashire U15 v South Lancashire U15 game was played on Saturday June 1st. This was usually the big cricket and social event of the summer to which we invited life members etc. Up until 1985 this fixture had been supported financially by the Manchester Evening News. Many of the really older players will remember the funny quarter coloured caps they were presented with. The Evening News always did a rather splendid programme. Sadly they had decided to withdraw their support.
Bob Hurst, the Secretary before me, had died in 1984 rather suddenly. His family asked if they could donate a trophy. We decided that it would be very appropriate to use this trophy for the Under 15 North v South game in 1985. The family were our guests on June 1st when the Bob Hurst Memorial Rosebowl was presented for the first time. As often happened at these games the match was drawn so both captains were handed the trophy.
The following day, Sunday June 2nd, we were back at Old Trafford for the very first North Lancashire U13 v South Lancashire U13 fixture. This game was to be played for the Manchester Evening News Trophy which was actually called the Trafford Cup. Both games on the Saturday and Sunday were played in glorious sunshine.
I did a programme for both days. Cedric Rhoades did an introduction and as always attended both games and entertained us well. I persuaded, well he really did not need persuading, Jack Simmons to write a little article for me. He spoke of his great thrill at being selected for his very first appearance at Old Trafford.
“It is now many years since I had the good fortune to be selected for the North Lancashire Boys team. I played for the North in 1954 and 1955, progressing to the full Lancashire team in 1955. As I am writing this Lancashire are playing Sussex in a County Championship game and I note that only two of the present side had actually been born when I became a very proud youngster striding for the first time onto the sacred turf of Old Trafford. I have very vivid memories of my early days (even though it was along while ago) and Mr Jim Denney our Team Manager, and the very loyal and hardworking Secretary Mr Herbert Thomas. The one person who helped me more than anyone was Mr Derek Day. With the help of those people I was set on the right road to what has been a fabulous career here at Lancashire. If I can make it to the top then it must give today’s teams every incentive to make the professional ranks at Lancashire. It has been, and still is, a magnificent life being a professional cricketer, and I have to thank the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association for starting it all off for me.”
Can you pick him out from this very grainy black and white picture taken at the game in 1954.
Bit of a serious Blog today. Just to lighten it up a bit I did tell you about one of my ex-pupils “Pocky” from Totty Sec who goes into my son’s emporium to top up his alcohol levels. Well he has just bought himself an Amazon Kindle. This is someone who does not get too far away from the racing pages of the daily papers. The problem is that he has not got a clue as to how to get a book into the Kindle so he can read it. He has had some pretty serious ribbing about this from all and sundry. When I started mentioning wi-fi to him he went a little paler than normal. I will not see him now until Friday to get an update.
We will be at Leigh Cricket Club tonight for a get together of the 2011 Under 11 squad. It will be nice to see everyone again. Then tomorrow the Skills Sets programme begins at old Trafford with the Batting group. I will be on grandad duty as Transport Manager for both events.
I wonder if Tim will have his sunglasses on top of his head – you know the ones he glued up at Taunton.