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Tribute to Jim Kenyon

1942 - 2013

The Lancashire Cricket Board and Lancashire County Cricket Club are saddened to learn of the death of Jim Kenyon who gave so much to Lancashire cricket.

Jim was involved in cricket for the majority of his life. He was well known for his coaching and ability to spot talented young cricketers who went on to represent Lancashire and England. He was a key driver of the Lancashire Youth Cricket Coaching scheme which was setup to send coaches in to clubs and schools that didn’t have cricket coaches, with the aim of introducing the sport to young people. It is through this scheme that he discovered Glen Chapple. He was also a keen tutor of the coach education programme giving new and upcoming coaches the opportunities to develop their coaching skills. He tutored the first ever overseas players’ course, which included West Indies players Malcolm Marshall, Roger Harper and Gus Logie. Following his retirement from the Lancashire FA he worked as cricket coach at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn and was a tutor at Myerscough College.

As a cricketer he was a left-hand batsman and right-arm medium paced bowler. He had represented the Lancashire Second XI team and competed for local cricket clubs, Stand CC, East Lancashire CC, to name a couple.

He was a member of the LCB Executive as Vice Chairman when it formed in 1996. He was also the Chairman of the Premier League Sub-Committee and coach / manager of the Lancashire Under 17s for many years. He knew his cricket and was always able to spot a talented young player.

Tony Crook, Chairman of the LCB, said: “He will be sadly missed by everybody within Lancashire cricket and I will personally miss him as a good friend and colleague on the LCB Executive.”

Mike Watkinson, Cricket Director for the LCCC, added: “Jim was an outstanding Ambassador for sport and a great cricket man who was involved in the development of many players, some of whom went on to represent LCCC and England. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Jim was also with the Lancashire FA in a career spanning from 1959 through to 2006 and more recently was a Director at Accrington Stanley FC.

An all-round sports Ambassador, Jim has to be remembered for all the skill, enthusiasm and passion he brought to Cricket and Football in Lancashire both in the playing side, coaching and administration of the game within the County.

Jim will be sadly missed.

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Paul Graham 04/09/2013 20:20:13
RIP Jim.

So sad to hear about Jim's passing. Sending condolences to all his family.

Much love, Paul Graham ex Accrington WK and family xxxx
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Alan Howarth 06/09/2013 02:21:08
RIP Jim,

Jim was my coach and friend from the age of 14 at Stand CC and all the way through my cricket life from playing junior to 1st team at Stand CC ( were Jim was Professional for 4 years) He coached me , Warren Hegg, John Lawton , Richard and many others to play a high standard of cricket. Because of him I played at played at Leyland, Ramsbottom and Haslingden after Stand CC.. Because of Jim I played Cricket to a good level and enjoyed my life in Cricket both in England and now in Australia..
He is a friend of my family and I looked up to him for all of my cricketing Career...Thank you Jim and RIP...

Many of the juniors at Stand CC would run through a brick wall for Jim ) we all say thanks Jim!!!!!

Alan Howarth
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Alan Howarth 06/09/2013 02:57:43
RIP Jim Kenyon!!!
Because of Jim I played a high standard of cricket and loved every minute of my cricket life! He was my coach from the age of 14 as he was the professional at Stand CC . I went from Junior Cricket to playing 1st team at Stand CC under Jim with Warren Hegg and John Lawton, Martin Hegg and many others.. Because of him the Lancashire scouts spent alot of time at Stand CC. He was a family friend and I would like to thank him for everything he did for me. Thanks Jim - RIP
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