Mar 022012

I know I mentioned it in the timeline, but it’s worth a separate post on the the very generous donation made by Jack and Lily Wilson.

Jack is a former first team captain and one of the greatest amateur batsmen to put on a pair of pads for Heywood CC (more of which to follow).

He was one of the many present at the seminar at the Civic Hall and was very impressed with what he heard and has seen happening since. His heart is really in the club and he follows everything we do closely and wants to help in any way he can.

Here are a few facts and figures on Jack.

He is the fifth highest run scorer of all time for HCC, 6,027 runs and his 191 catches place him 2nd on the all time list for out-fielders (behind Dave Fare). Bob Cross describes him as a brilliant close gully fielder. (For a list of Heywood’s top amateur batsmen, click here.)

He was captain of the first team in 1964/65/66.

He was heavily involved in the building of the existing toilet block, the rear lounge and the reconfiguration of the pavilion including the relocation of the bar to its present position. He also altered the entrance to the clubhouse to its current position.

I’ve just added a team pic from, we think, 1964. Can you name the team? Jack is middle front.


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  1. Shows how long I’ve been watching Heywood because I got them all bar one straight away, then got the other with the help of Anne. I think the line-up is:
    Back row (left to right): Ralph Farmer, Bill Tucker, Tom McConnell, Bob Cross, Ray Flaherty, Clairmonte de Peiza (pro). Front row: Ray Purser, Alan Smith, Jack Wilson, Colin Mooney, Trevor Brown.
    Good side that, but what strikes me is that the average age is much higher than that of today’s first team squad. I suppose that Bill Tucker and Alan Smith would be the hardest to get apart from us seasoned watchers, but both were fine players in their own right.
    A strong batting line-up featured Farmer, Purser, Smith, Brown, de Peiza, Tucker, Wilson and McConnell, Mooney was the wicketkeeper, and the bowling attack was led by Cross and de Pieza, with Flaherty first change, Perhaps just lacking a quality front line spinner, although I think that Purser and McConnell provided cover in that department.
    However, I was only 15 and my memory may not be totally accurate! Happy days.

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