Can we end LSCA’s 90th Year with a Bang
Or something like that....
As many of you will know throughout the season I have been going on about the importance of this season as it marks 90 years since the venerable Lancashire Schools Cricket Association came into being. To help mark this year I spent a great deal of time digging through the archives to produce my first ever book – “The History of Lancashire Schools”. To try and make it more readable I adopted a bit of a bloggy style which has gone down well with those who have read it. The title of “Who’d Have Thowt” was also aimed at my own involvement with the Association and how the fickle finger of fate played a very great part in my links going back now almost 50 years. The LCB saw fit to support this venture and agreed to fund the printing of the book at the start of the season. It appeared on the day of our special match at Old Trafford against Yorkshire to celebrate our 90th.
Just 500 copies were printed and on that day the sales figures were most impressive. Things have not gone as well since and we still have some 350 copies gathering dust. The price has been cut to just a tenner but that has not produced an avalanche of enquiries. I feel I must now try and attempt to persuade all the ex-LSCA players, especially those who played during my time as Secretary, to come out of the woodwork and do their bit. There are just a few who have become world famous who could help but there are a great many more out there who have not – but have had a pretty decent career out of cricket one way or another.
The thing is that once the printing costs have been met then any profit will come to the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association. We still play a massive part in Lancashire cricket and can always do with some extra funding.
So how can I get this ball rolling. Well as part of my research into the book I compiled a list of all the young players who played for an LSCA team since 1984 when I became Secretary. These are now available as an Adobe Reader file which can be accessed below. A total of 893 players are listed in this Adobe document.
Of these eight were selected to play International Cricket for England at cricket.
They were - James Anderson, Michael Atherton, Glen Chapple, John Crawley, Andrew Flintoff, Warren Hegg, Ronnie Irani, Graham Lloyd and Chris Schofield
James Anderson is included although his LSCA representation was at B Team level.
Two became England captains - Michael and Andrew
Two became England Internationals at Soccer - Gary and Philip Neville
Two became England Internationals at Rugby Union - Iain Balshaw and Will Greenwood
In addition Sajid Mahmood was selected for England. He played Town Team Cricket with Bolton but was not selected for an LSCA County team.
54 played in at least one First Class match with, in addition, 72 playing at least one 2nd Class / Minor Counties fixture.
37 of the above became League professionals.
The following players represented LSCA and became England internationals between 1945 up to 1983:
Ian Austin, Graeme Fowler, Tommy Greenhough, Frank Hayes, Malcolm Hilton, Jack Ikin, Peter Lever, David Lloyd, Geoff Pullar, Derek Shackleton, Ken Shuttleworth, Brian Statham, Roy Tattersall, Frank Tyson and Mike Watkinson.
Andy Goram and Eddie Hopkinson played cricket with LSCA and went on to play International football for Scotland and England respectively.
There are many other ex-LSCA players who have gone on to be involved in professional sport. Roy Evans, ex-Manager of Liverpool FC, is one of our old boys.
In this modern age we have the power of social networking – or so I am told. I have recently joined Twitter and am following a lot of famous twitterers but not many are following me. I understand that Facebook is the doorway into contacting all sorts of people and making things happen. I am afraid that Facebook still baffles me.
So my many, many friends in the family of Lancashire Schools and beyond. Get the Tweets going, set Facebook alight and broadcast the news far and wide that LSCA was 90 years of age in 2012. There is a book for sale here on the LCB Website at just a tenner that mentions all sorts of ex-players with pictures of quite a few.
It would be great to think someone or a group of someones could even organise an evening at a cricket club where past players could gather together. If we could persuade one or more of our really famous players to turn up and even autograph copies of my book it would be even better. I bet we could persuade the Mount to let us have the club for such an event.
Now at some stage over the next few weeks I am escaping for a holiday. I will be able to keep in touch via email and Twitter. I am going, however, to have to ask my friends in the LCB, my LSCA colleagues including Chief Twitter John Williams, my family and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all to beaver away getting the messages out to everyone.
There are 26 pages in my list of Lancashire Schools players since I became Secretary in 1984. I have had to use old handbooks and scorebooks to help compile this list. I still see it as a work in progress and I am aware that names will be missing and some dates may be wrong. I do want to try and get it as accurate as possible and will not be at all upset to get up to date facts given to me. I realise the information about 2nd XI and Minor Counties will need some additions as will the identification of those who have gone on to be League Professionals.
I would also welcome any information about players who have had representation in other sports. This could include details of those who played in the years before I became Secretary. I have a feeling for example that Mike Newall played U19 Schools cricket.
Above all I would not like this year to go out with a whimper and be feeling sorry for the fact I persuaded the Lancashire Cricket Board to cough up the readies to enable the History of our great Association go to print. You should all know how to make …….
AN OLD MAN HAPPY ….
BUY THE BLINKING BOOK…
And organise a celebration as well.
I need to break off from my pleas for now as I have an extension to my Zoo to fill.
I might also be persuaded to have a Tesco Moment.