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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