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John Longworth

Long standing player and member of Ashley, Andy Murray, remembers John Longworth who sadly died in January 2012:


It is with sadness that I announce the death of John Longworth, aged 91. A long-term player, umpire and supporter of Ashley CC, John joined Ashley in 1972 with his sons, Richard, Peter, Ian and Michael all playing for the club over the subsequent four decades.

John and Shirley have continued to support the club over recent years, including the very generous donation of the covers two seasons ago, and in earlier years John had been instrumental in arranging favourable loans and funds from Macclesfield Borough Council for drainage and building, as well as securing a licence for serving alcohol in the clubhouse. This had become necessary when a bawdy first team celebration got the club banned en masse from their previous home, The Greyhound.

A regular Sunday player and occasional second team performer, John took a Hat-Trick on July 18th 1982, a feat all the more remarkable as John suffered from double vision and two paralysed fingers in his right hand!

John became a regular first team umpire and quickly gained respect from both Ashley and opposition teams for his fairness, a trait which was hitherto somewhat lacking in certain Ashley umpires. This fairness led to heated discussions with members of his own team, and John would often be heard chuckling about his tussles with Ashley’s demon fast bowler, Dave Molloy, over a refused LBW appeal. All was forgotten in the bar after the game.

In a move that many of you may find regrettable, John also introduced me to Ashley CC in 1975. As he and Shirley are also close family friends, I will be extremely proud to represent the club at John’s funeral, which is being held at Altrincham Crematorium at 12 noon on Thursday 26th January.