The grandson of the man who gave Crimble to Heywood CC paid his first ever visit to the ground last weekend.
Tony Healey, a solicitor from Cheshire, is the grandson of Alderman David Healey, who gave the land to the club in 1920.
Heywood had previously played at Pot Hall – up where St Joseph’s School is – but the move to Crimble signalled a new era for the club.
Tony brought with him a copy of the Heywood Advertiser from the day the Crimble was opened, as well as the silver spade, shown above, which was used to dig the first sod in 1920.
The ground was opened on April 23 1921, when a Lancashire County XI played an England XI that boasted Yorkshire and England greats such as Wilfred Rhodes and George Hirst.
Many thanks to Tony for the visit.
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