Things are on the up at last
Almost a famous victory last night
Things look like they are improving. For the past week I have suffered somewhat from the dreaded gout but touch wood my little tootsie is showing signs of a much needed return to normality. As always for us gout sufferers the reaction has varied from outpourings of genuine sympathy to outpourings of merriment. “Look out Henry the Eighth’s just come in” to “I bet he drinks Carling Black Label” are typical of those who have not suffered the trials and tribulations of being “gouted”. The knowing looks and gentle smiles come from those who have crossed that “threshold of exquisite pain”. My goodness I am getting poetic about it all.
Things have definitely improved but I am not sure whether I could manage to even bowl off a short run never mind a long one. Mind you the missus would argue I have not been able to bowl off any run at all for quite a long while.
I have managed to get to the meetings scheduled for the past week and indeed have been in at headquarters umpteen times this past few days. I met with Dipesh and Martyn, the Web Site Maestro, this morning looking ahead to developments for the Levels of Excellence Intranet. I am hoping in the not too distant future to be informing all players in the system about exciting new ideas for the Excellence Intranet. Last year was the first time we used a web based system for players to record performances. The responses were brilliant and we want to encourage more participation in the 2012 season.
I will be back again on Friday with Dipesh and Ken Grime from the County Club exploring the options for getting my much awaited History of Lancashire Schools to be published. We have a number of alternatives to consider from eBook through to paper based. As part of the overall exercise I have been gathering together lists of past players. Quite a number of those involved with LSCA either at District Level or at County level have gone on to represent England either at Test Level, One Day International or 20/20, or all three.
The list below is reasonably comprehensive I think but I would appreciate help from you my readers if you think I have missed someone. This whole exercise will, I hope, all tie in with the fact that in May of this year Lancashire Schools will celebrate its 90th Birthday. I will have some news within the next few days of a special match we hope to have at Old Trafford in May to start off our celebrations. I am hoping that these celebrations can continue through the summer when hopefully many of our past players can gather together at various venues across the county. Many of these past players have made quite a name for themselves – it would be great to get them involved at some stage as well.
Apart from players who have gone on to play cricket for England we have others who have done so at Soccer and Rugby. Again if I have missed anyone please let me know.
Cricket Internationals (since 1945)
James Anderson, Michael Atherton, Ian Austin, Glen Chapple, John Crawley, Andrew Flintoff, Graeme Fowler, Tommy Greenhough, Frank Hayes, Warren Hegg, Malcolm Hilton, Jack Ikin, Ronnie Irani, Peter Lever, David Lloyd, Graham Lloyd, Sajid Mahmood, Geoff Pullar, Chris Schofield, Derek Shackleton, Ken Shuttleworth, Brian Statham, Roy Tattersall, Frank Tyson and Mike Watkinson
Football Internationals (since 1945)
Andy Goram (Scotland), Eddie Hopkinson, Gary Neville and Philip Neville (England)
Rugby International (Since 1945)
By the way these lists identify players from 1945 onwards and not before. That exercise will take a little longer.
Finally for all those Under 15 players involved in the coaching preparation for the District Competitions for the season ahead I am delighted to say that the Final for the Ainsworth Trophy will again be at Old Trafford. The actual date will be Monday September 17th. We are again most grateful to the County Club for making this possible. It will certainly be a different looking Old Trafford for the players and parents, and our officials, on that special day when two District Under 15 teams will meet to determine the Lancashire champions.
Last night those of us who support the Shakers were two minutes away from erasing those awful memories of last Saturday from our minds. Last Saturday I had to remain at home nursing my poorly foot whilst the rest of the Heaton contingent went to Rochdale for the eagerly awaited local derby match. Rochdale were bottom of the League until that game but gave us a good pasting and sent the Shakers contingent packing. Last night we were away at Charlton Athletic who are top of the league by a country mile. With three minutes of five extra minutes gone they sneaked in an equaliser to make the score 1-1 and robbed us of an amazing win. Still a point was more than we could have hoped for.
Now I have not been able to say this for a while now but I feel a Tesco Moment coming on.
Whoops forgot – does anyone want to buy a zoo??
Roy Evans who once managed Liverpool FC played for LSCA.
Know any others ??
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