Your memories of your debut for Littleborough?
Walsden away 1971 aged 16. Cec Wright was the fastest bowler I had ever seen. Scored 2 but batted for a while with Jack Hunter and couldn’t believe how he stroked Cec through the covers!
Your favourite game and why?
Wow, so hard to choose. But I will go for the 1982 Wood Cup Final v Royton at Milnrow. We batted first on a sticky dog after a long rain delay and stumbled to 130ish. Andy Roberts had said to get 100 and we would win. He was right. The game was finely balanced when we turned up on the Monday night. But Andy took 8 wickets 6 of which were catches at short leg and leg slip for me and Noddy. For me the key wicket was Jack Scholes bowled by Alan Whiteley. He could have won the game for them. Or scoring 116 not out in the first game of the 1982 season against Radcliffe. Think I was dropped 4 times but the scorecard in The Ob didn’t show that!!
Your favourite away ground and why?
Walsden. Made my debut there and scored my first 50 in 1976. Joel Garner collected for me!
The best professional played against?
Hard to pick one. I’ll go for Carl Hooper. Wonderful batter and underrated bowler.
The best amateurs played against?
Lots!! Bob Cooke, Basil Abraham’s, Mel Whittle and many more.
Favourite on the field memories?
Winning the Wood Cup in 1982 and then the league (against all odds) in 1983 against Hyde. A catch in the last over for us and a dropped catch by Oldham in their game was the difference. Never forget the first person to call and congratulate us on our win was Howard Schofield the Oldham skipper. Classy!
How about off the field?
Any of the cup or league winning celebrations for 1st or 2nd team. But I should also mention 2 Whittaker cup victories in 1996 and 1997 for the under 18s. The 1997 win was especially memorable as (without Chris Schofield) we beat a strong Oldham team in the final and Steven Hill was man of the match. I took as much pleasure from that as anything I ever achieved.