Some sad news today ahead of this weekend’s Former Players Day at Crimble.
Heywood CC legend Tom McConnell died this morning (Thursday 9 August), aged 77.
Tom was a member of some of the best sides in Heywood CC history, playing with great pros like Colin Lever and Geoff Lawson.
He scored 5016 runs for Heywood first team between 1964 and 1982, including 11 50s, at an average of over 16 in an era when pros were quick. He also took 147 catches.
Although I only have vague memories of seeing Tom play, he was a born strokemaker who liked nothing better than to smack the ball to the boundary.
I was told by his son Sean that Tom had been ill for some time.
I am sure you all want to share some memories of a great player and, from what I am led to believe, a great character.