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Memories are made of this

Or so some song or other said

Just to whet the appetite a little more here are some other extracts from my LSCA memories.

 

1991

The Primary XI star man was undoubtedly Michael Brown who scored two centuries with the best being 149 not out against Kent. He totalled 520 runs at an average of 65. The batting star in 1991 for the Under 13’s was Scott Richardson with 702 runs at an average of 78 including 3 hundreds and a 99. Andrew Flintoff also scored a century managing 294 runs in total. Stuart Hornby took 38 wickets. The Under 14’s in 1991 played two friendlies before travelling to Harrow School for the annual Festival. Mark Chilton was captain and topped the batting averages. He was ably supported by the younger Scott Richardson and Andrew Flintoff.

 The Under 15 season, badly affected by weather, saw the talents of Lee Marland and Philip Neville continue to blossom. Lee scored 602 runs and Philip 417. David Howard with 18 wickets and Charlie Dagnall with 14 were the pick of the bowlers. The Under 19’s had a very successful season winning seven matches. Graham Knowles topped the batting averages and Glen Chapple the bowling. John Ratledge was the captain.

1992

At Under 15 level this was the year when Philip Neville played his last game for Lancashire. His final innings was against Yorkshire on June 30th 1992 at Burnley Cricket Club when against a very strong bowling attack in far from easy conditions he scored 125. Whenever Lancashire and Yorkshire meet at Under 15 level even now that innings still gets talked about. Keith Webb took over as captain after that match and was well supported by Andrew Flintoff who scored a century against Warwickshire.

 

1993

In the 1993 LYC Year Book Derek Day looked back on 34 years of being in charge of the Under 15 county team and selected his best ever squad of 15. His squad was:-

 Michael Atherton (Capt.); Michael Hardcastle; Glen Chapple; John Crawley; Keith Eccleshare; Frank Hayes; Andrew Kennedy; Andrew Flintoff; Kevin Hayes; Graham Mooney; Philip Neville; Bernard Reidy; Hughie Ritchie; David Schofield; Chris Scott (Wkt).

 That was quite some squad.

 Three batsmen topped 500 runs for the Under 15’s in 1993 – quite an achievement. At the top of the list was a certain Andrew Flintoff with 657 runs and a top score of 118 against Durham. The manager Derek Day in his report said “I consider myself fortunate to have seen Andrew in South Africa, for Lancashire, for the North of England and for ESCA score in excess of 1,600 runs at an average of 60 over the past 12 months. If he continues in this vein one wonders what he might achieve in the future.” It is worth noting at this point that Andrew had not bowled for two years. Scott Richardson scored 555 runs and in Derek’s view – “It will be interesting to see Scott’s progress in years to come as he has the talent and application to become an excellent player.”

 

I have often wondered one day whether I will be asked to put together my team of teams. I have many memories of a good number of the players Derek named. It will be my intention to make my final list of LSCA players since 1984 available as a download as I am sure I have not been able to name everyone. There was a period of time when we kept very detailed lists but there are significant years where the facts are few and far between.

 

I have been able to gather together a large archive of pictures some of which I have shared with you. I would love to build this up even further. If you have any pictures which you think would be useful please pass them on. I would happily receive printed copies for me to scan and return the originals. The best way would be for them to come via email as “jpeg” versions, colour or black and white.

 

For a brief time recently I was involved in an email conversation with a fellow Aberystwyth University colleague who is a parent of one of our current players. We did go in slightly different generations but could still talk with affection about the place. It’s amazing how the “memory” cells can be activated in these instances. Talking of famous sportsmen how about this for a story ….

 

Aberystwyth Town FC had a quaint ground on which the local club played its Welsh League matches. The big events at Aber took place on a Wednesday afternoon when the whole college went Rugby crackers. Some rather famous Rugby stars of the future were to be seen on the college fields in the afternoon. and the town’s pubs in the evening.

 

My story concerns a football super star. One week my good friend Mr David Dean and I noticed an advert for a Wales Youth International against Northern Ireland to be played on the Town ground. We decided we would have a look in. After passing through the turnstile (there was only one as they did not have big crowds in Aberystwyth) we were handed a team sheet. We looked at it but knew no famous names. The thing that stood out though was the name of one very famous football club.

 

Now this was an era when mass training sessions before a game did not just happen at all. No sensible groundsman would have allowed it. The first we saw of the teams was when they walked out at the start and lined up for the anthems. They looked rather a large lot except for one player in the Northern Ireland team. He stood there in his green shirt looking about fourteen, at no more than five feet, with little weight on him and spindly legs. We reckoned he could get eaten alive by the Welsh.

 

The game ended in a win for Northern Ireland by nine goals to two. The nine could have been double but for the heroics of the Welsh goalie. The pint sized young player totally outplayed everyone on the park. The Welsh defence did their very best to nail him but failed miserably. And by the way he scored five goals. The famous football club in the programme was Manchester United and of course the young player was George Best.

 

There happened to be a few other college associates at that match and for once that evening the talk in the pub was about football and not rugby – and the amazing talent we had all seen that day. Memories.

 

The Resident Zoo Keeper reckons I have a better memory for things donkeys’ years ago than things I forgot to do this morning.

 

I keep digging out pictures that show that those donkeys’ years ago I was in slightly better shape than today as well.

 

In my last blog I told you about my experiences at Taunton School when I found myself as Manager of the County Under 14’s. The picture below shows the squad for that Festival. I don’t look much older than the players. Do you remember what I said about Gary Neville and his eyes when being snapped.  Closed again. It is a good job he has improved since then.

 

 

 

 

The young man in the middle is of course Nathan Wood. I am delighted to say he is coming back to help LSCA. This season he has agreed to become the Coach for the Under 14 Development team.

 

There have been some changes to the coaches allocated to our teams for 2012.

 

The Under 10’s will be coached by Steve Critchley assisted by James Cutt. The evergreen Batman, John Williams, will be the Manager.  John, by the way, is an ex-LSCA player. He did play at Old Trafford in one count y match when he was taken home in a fire engine. The star in that team was Bernard Reidy.

 

The Under 11 Manager and Coach team of Tim McKiernan and Chuck O’Rourke will continue.

 

Our Under 12 Coach will again be Mr David Leighton. I have to be polite and respectful to him for obvious reasons. David has been around our system since Adam was a lad. He is assisted by Bobby Cross who is one of our old boys. The records I told you about earlier tell me Bobby played U13 in 1996, U14 in 1997 and Under 15 in 1998. He was not able to move up into the Under 19 Schools team as we disbanded it at that time.

 

At Under 13 level Shaun “Robin” Anders is the Coach assisted by Sam Holt. Steve Bulcock is the  Manager. There are discussions afoot at the moment which could bring in some additional fixtures into this age group with a potential Festival on the South coast for a Development Squad.

 

There has had to be a change at Under 14. We had welcomed Finchie back but he will now be Head Coach for the Lancashire Women’s 1st XI. He has a role at the ECB which includes women’s cricket and this move makes sense. He will be replaced by Joe Scuderi who will bring an antipodean outlook to our cricket. His assistant will be Nathan Wood as reported earlier. The draft plans for the summer mean that we may see an Under 14 Development Squad becoming an important part of our process.

 

Steve Titchard will be the guiding light for the Under 15 squad supported by Rudra Singh, with Paul Bryson overseeing matters with the Under 15 Development team. What a team. I will need to come up with a “collective name” for them. We are hoping that Geoff Eccles will be able to take some part in the events of this summer. The rest of us will help out with the management needs until that time. The Under 15 season begins of course with the annual North v South match at St Annes followed by the big one for our 90th at Old Trafford.

 

A final mention about fixtures.

 

The full set should have been posted on the LCB Website by the time this blog appears.

 

Another mention about the “BOOK”.

 

Get your orders in as soon as possible.  How ????

 

Email to me [email protected] , click on the LCB Website when Dipesh has put the link on, fill in the order form in “Lancashire Spin” when it comes out, call at Totty Con and tell Philip or any other method that will work.

 

I will be expecting a big order from Greenmount Cricket Club to name but one club.

 

At £12.50 this is a snip. The more we sell the better will be our coffers for the future work we will do unearthing future players for Lancashire and hopefully for England.

 

Does anybody reckon they could begin the process of gently persuading one of our past stars to step forward and be with us on May 21st for the special match against our old foes from across the Pennines.

 

What about that collective name for Titch, RP and Brysie.

 

Memories are made of this.

 

Way back in my youth there was a group called “Dave Dee, Dozy,Mick and Titch".

 

Titch is a shoe in – I have got to be Dozy. The others don't really fit though.

 

Will have to work on this. 

 

How about the "Three Degrees"

  

Enough, enough. Tesco where are you!!!

 

 

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