Jun 052020

Trevor Brown established himself in the 1st XI in the 1964 season although he had played a few years before as a youngster. He would go on to form a great opening partnership with Colin Lever and would score over 3,000 runs for the club in a spell when the club had both league and Wood Cup successes.

Trevor relocated to Perth, WA, but remains in contact with the club and has sent over his Crimble Memories:

Trevor as a Wood Cup winner

Trevor as a Wood Cup winner

Do you remember your debut?

I made my debut when I was 16 it was an evening game at Radcliffe. Somebody had pulled out and my Dad came to my works in a taxi to take me to the ground. I batted about no.9 and got a handful of runs but I remember their Pro, Freddie Goodwin, saying well done lad when I was out, I was 16 but looked about 12.

What was your favourite game for the club?

My favourite game was at Rochdale in 1967 we had to win to clinch the championship. It was an awful day, we were on and off for rain all day. The wicket was very tricky. We bowled them out for 82 and we finished at 85 for 8, and I carried my bat for 40 not out. I remember hitting John Stevenson on to the pavilion roof for 6, and the 3 through mid wicket to win the game.

What was your favourite away ground?

My favourite away ground was Middleton we won two Wood cups there.

Best Pro you played with?

My favourite professionals were Clairmonte Depeiza who still holds the record 7th wicket partnership in test cricket and my opening partner for many years Colin Lever.

What about amateurs?

As for amateurs I have to mention my captain for many years Bob Cross who converted me from a middle order bat to an opener. Jack Wilson a brilliant gully, the late Bob Horrox, Tom McConnell, Ray Flaherty, Bob Dearden, and of course Ralph Farmer.

What were your favourite memories?

My best off field memory is when I returned to Crimble in 1997 on holiday. Helen & Bob Cross invited us down for a night out, when we arrived all my old friends and teammates were there. What a reunion, I will never forget it.

I still follow my old team every year and hope we can get back into the Premier League were we belong. Keep safe everybody…

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  3 Responses to “Crimble Memories – Trevor Brown”

  1. I remember Trevor as a very stylish yet pugnacious opening batsman.He was a superb player of quick bowling at a time when there were several international bowlers in the league and many very good amateurs.It has to be remembered that he played in a time of uncovered wickets and helmets were unknown.He was as brave as a short leg fieldsman as he was a batsman and took many fine catches in that position.

  2. My Dad also went on to have a very successful career in Western Australia in the Wanneroo Cricket Association, where he opened the batting for Wanneroo CC for many years and also represented the association against other associations for many years, this culminated in him being picked as the opening batsmen for the Wanneroo CC 25 year legends team. I also followed in my dads footsteps and am still playing cricket with his Grandson, my son Dhani, my one regret is that i never got to come back to England and play at couple of seasons at Heywood CC. I can still sit & listen to him talk about his years playing for Heywood CC & be enthralled & when Bob Cross comes over to Australia and catches up with us the memories & laughs that these 2 guys share are sensational. Good luck to all the Heywood CC teams for the coming seasons.

  3. Thanks Bob for your kind words, it means a lot
    I don’t forget when you came down to Crimble after your umpiring to see me when I was over on holiday.
    I was sorry I had to dash off as we could have had a good natter about the old days and our mutual friend and my step Brother Phil, what a character.
    I visited Carole a few times before I went back she was a real battler to the end.
    Thanks again mate.
    All the best to you and your family

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