Scott “Scoop” McHugh was a Heywood youngster who progressed into the senior sides and played in the first team during a challenging time for the club in the 1990′s. A talented left hand bat and deep thinker about the game, and usually about who would get him out and how, Scott recalls some of his memories of Heywood:
1. What do you remember of your Heywood debut?
I think it was at home to Crompton in 1991. Opening bowling attack of Les Whittle (himself in his late 40s I think) and Cec Wright, who was probably late 50s early 60s at time. Crompton were always a bottom 4 side at the time, but these two were basically keeping them going. Think I was due in at 7 or 8 but never batted so we must have won, we had a decent side that year to be fair.
2. What was your favourite game for Heywood and why?
Has to be one of the few matches I did something in, v Radcliffe at The Racecourse in 1997. We were chasing 170 something to win, and were down to 85-7 when Marcus Caveney joined me. We knocked them off with time to spare, me finishing on 61 (joint highest score) followed by a skinful around Heywood and short-lived adulation from the Crimble faithful. Many memories of poor games and performances.
3. What was your favourite away ground?
Some shabby grounds in the 80s and 90s and the odd good one, but I think my favourite was Stockport. Silly changing rooms underground, bowling green and a massive old clubhouse. One of those grounds where it was always sunny
4. Best professional you played with and against?
I only played with 4 (Alley, Flower, Badenhorst and Hara) so it has to be Flower, although I only played a few as I was at Uni. Best played against I think would be Dave Callaghan from Rochdale. Used to smash it and they were a top side in the early 90s. Mike Warden close
5. Best amateur you played with and against?
Best amateur played with would be David Fare. Not always everyone’s cup of tea, but a fair captain (told you if you had been rubbish and equally was willing to praise you) and though a bit past his prime when I played with him had a proper sportsman’s eye for the game. Funniest, Vinny Ball. Best I played against was Peter Wilcock at Rochdale
6. Best memory on the field?
David soiling himself at Unsworth; taking a one-handed diving catch at Milnrow at mid-off; countless outrageous comments from Ball. Wish I’d spent more time talking to the opposition.
7. Best memory of the field?
Winning the first team fielding prize in my final year at the club was a high point, came nowhere near winning anything else. The after-match fines (always got £2); Gill Knowles’ summer solstice night; free Guinness promotion in the mid 90s, it took some drinking. Lots of memories of being a kid around Crimble.
8. Any other memories?
Despite being a poor team in the 90s in general, had some great times and some cracking nights drinking John Willies after games. The second team provided many of the best memories, though, playing with mates I’d played with from the age of 11 and hearing their tales of what they’d been up to the night before.
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