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Barmy Army back Benevolent Fund in PCA’s 50th Anniversary year

The Barmy Army will attempt to raise £50,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund as their official charity partner of the 2017/18 Ashes tour of Australia next winter.

The Barmy Army raised £50,000 on the last Ashes tour four years ago for the Broad Appeal, the charity set up by Stuart Broad and his father Chris to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and they aim to match that figure for the PCA Benevolent Fund with a series of events around the five Test series.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Professional Cricketers’ Association – the players’ union was formed in November 1967 as the Cricketers’ Association – and a Legacy Year Appeal has been launched to raise £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

The Benevolent Fund supports players – past and present – and their immediate family members in their hour of need.

The charity, generously supported by Royal London, helps with medical advice, funding for operations, care and assistance and also funds education initiatives on health and wellbeing matters.

The Barmy Army was formed during the 1994/95 Ashes series and has since raised more than £250,000 for different charities with an initial donation of £1,000 in 1995 for Soweto Cricket Club in South Africa.

This winter more than 40,000 England supporters will be making the trip to Australia and the Barmy Army will be organising a range of activities, including the Fans Bashes against the Australia Fanatics.

The PCA will help to support the Barmy Army by providing high-profile cricket celebrity guests for the charity events that will be held on the third day of each of the Tests.

Money will also be raised through ticketed events, charity auctions of memorabilia and experiences, match fees and fines from their own T20 matches and the goodwill and generosity of both England fans and numerous corporate partners.

“We are delighted that the Barmy Army have chosen the PCA Benevolent Fund as their charity for the next Ashes series,” said PCA Chief Executive David Leatherdale.

“The presence of the Barmy Army at grounds around the world has brought colour and humour to Test Match cricket and their support of England through thick and thin is very much appreciated by the players.

“But there is much more to the Barmy Army than just attending matches. They are committed to raising significant sums of money for worthwhile causes with a cricketing link.

“To raise £50,000 for the Broad Appeal was a magnificent effort and we will be working with the Barmy Army to help them achieve their aim of raising a similar amount for the PCA Benevolent Fund which is the charity for past and present cricketers.”

The Barmy Army are producing an Ashes Guide which provides information on where they will be based in each city, where they will be congregating at each venue and lists many of their favourite songs.

“We’re very pleased to be able to partner with the PCA in their 50th year and to raise money for their Legacy Year Appeal which will support the PCA Benevolent Fund,” said David Peacock, co-founder of the Barmy Army.

“In addition to our financial target we are looking to raise awareness for the very real wide-ranging issues that afflict so many current and former players whose cricketing skills and ability have mesmerised us and given us cricket fans so much enjoyment over the years.”

The Barmy Army Ashes Guide designed for both independent supporters and those who are looking to take advantage of their official travel packages through Barmy Travel. It is free to download at

Fans get chance to skydive with daredevil England cricketers

Seven former England Test cricketers will be taking part in a tandem skydive to raise funds for the Professional Cricketers' Association Legacy Year Appeal.

Tim Bresnan, Matthew Maynard, Darren Maddy, Owais Shah and 2005 Ashes-winning heroes Geraint Jones and Simon Jones will join Dean Headley, who is organising the event at Sibson Airport near Peterborough on October 1.

There are 43 more places available which will give thrill-seeking cricket fans the opportunity to take part in a skydive alongside some of their heroes.

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All proceeds from the event will go to the PCA Legacy Appeal which had been set up to mark the players' union's 50th anniversary and raise £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports past and present county cricketers and their immediate family members in their hour of need. The Benevolent Fund, which is generously supported by Royal London, provides vital funding for operations, helps those who are having difficulty adjusting to life after cricket find an alternative career and provides current players with professional support and expert advice.

"I have a really good relationship with UK Parachuting who support an event I hold in Stamford each year," Headley said.

"They have been on to me for a while to skydive and my initial thoughts were: are you mad? Then an email came through about the PCA's 50th year and I thought: if I am going to do it why not do it with some cricketers who I know and, of course, some cricket fans.

"The event will epitomise what cricket and the PCA are and what they stand for which is, quite simply, togetherness."

Headley hopes that some of the PCA's commercial partners, cricket fans and anyone else who fancies taking on the challenge.

There is an initial sign up cost of £200 which covers the cost of the jump itself and each jumper is expected to commit to raise £750 inclusive of the sign-up fee.

There is a weight limit of 102kg, which has meant Headley having to shed 9kg to make the cut.

Would be daredevils need to register and pay their deposit at:

then go to the campaign page to set up and link their own fundraising page on Justgiving.

For further information email Dean Headley at




Cricket memorabilia collectors will have the opportunity to get their prized items valued by an expert and support the Professional Cricketers’ Association Legacy Year Appeal at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival on July 4.

Nottingham-based cricket memorabilia specialist Trevor Vennett-Smith will be on hand to provide a free valuation of items of cricketania brought by collectors to the College Ground during the second day of Gloucestershire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan.

The ‘Cricket Collectors Roadshow’ will follow the format of the popular BBC television series and will give collectors an opportunity to discover the market value of their  items and to add to their prized collections by bidding for 50 rare items of memorabilia and pledges of services that have been donated to the PCA by players past and present.

As part of the PCA’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the Legacy Appeal has been launched with the target of raising £250,000 to support the PCA Benevolent Fund.

All 3,500 PCA members – which includes past and present players – were asked to support the Legacy Appeal by donating items of memorabilia or pledging a service that could be auctioned off during the 50th anniversary year.

Among the many items that have been generously donated and which will go under the hammer at Cheltenham are Tom Graveney's Worcestershire blazer,  Claire Taylor's 2005 Ashes shirt signed by the men's and women's squads from that year, signed items from Geoffrey Boycott's 100th first-class century against Australia at Headingley in 1977, David Capel's England tour blazer, signed shirts from Alan Knott, signed bats from Chris Tavare and other items signed by England and county teams.


The PCA Benevolent Fund helps past and present county cricketers and their immediate family members in their hour of need. The Benevolent Fund, which is generously supported by Royal London, provides vital funding for operations, helps those who are having difficulty adjusting to life after cricket find an alternative career and provides current players with professional support and expert advice.

With Gloucestershire’s permission, the ‘Cricket Collectors Roadshow’ will be held in a marquee close to the one in which the PCA will be holding their annual Past Payers’ Day.

This popular annual event usually attracts more than 100 former players from across the decades with this year’s event taking on added significance in the PCA’s Golden Jubilee.

A number of the surviving founder members who attended the historic first meeting of what was then known as the Cricketers’ Association at the Fleet Street offices of the Daily Express in November 1967 will be present.

Those attending will include Fred Rumsey, the former Worcestershire, Somerset, Derbyshire and England fast bowler, whose vision it was to establish an organisation to represent the interest players in an era when there was little security of employment, no guarantee of winter work or pension and insurance schemes.

Rumsey served as the PCA’s first secretary from 1967 to 1969 before he stepped down after taking up a post as player/PR officer with Derbyshire, a role that required him to sit on the county’s committee.

Admission tickets for the second day of Gloucestershire v Glamorgan cost £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £3 for under-18s if booked in advance before 6pm on July 2.

Ticket information here.



Simon Fielder Productions

The Simon Fielder Productions continue to support the PCA Benevolent Fund with their upcoming tours.

Please follow the links below to book tickets;

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Many thanks to Daryl Mitchell our new Chairman and Hamish Marshall, for their recent donations to the Benevolent Fund from their Benefit Years. We are really grateful for the support of the players for thinking of our charity.

Daryl Mitchell and Hamish Marshall.




Former England captain and batsman Graham Gooch has kick-started the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s 50th Anniversary Legacy Appeal with a generous donation of £50,000.

The donation has been made from the Graham Gooch Scholarship, which was set up by Gooch 15 years ago, and which operates under the umbrella of the Essex Cricket Foundation charity at the county where he played for from 1973 to 1997.

Normally the Graham Gooch Scholarship supports initiatives including the Essex Cricket Academy and sending young Essex players on overseas coaching,and playing trips with England Test captain Alastair Cook. Former England Test players James Foster, and Ravi Bopara are among those who have benefited from the funding too.

But Gooch has now decided to support the work that the PCA and the PCA Benevolent Fund – supported by Royal London, do in helping past and present players, and educating them about the dangers of addictive behaviour, including gambling.

“I am a PCA Ambassador and I have been for a number of years. I have great respect for what the PCA represent and do in terms of looking after present professional cricketers in our great game and ex-players who have fallen on hard times, and generally promoting cricket and looking after people who have served the game well,” Gooch said.

“It will be the PCA’s 50th Anniversary in 2017 and I had the funds available. I wanted to support a good cause so I thought I would branch out and support the PCA and all the good work that they do.

“I particularly want to put an emphasis on linking my contribution to a specific activity – and that is educating young cricketers about the dangers and worries of gambling addiction, and trying to educate them at an early stage in their career.

“I am a great believer in what the PCA do helping all cricketers young and old through the PCA Benevolent Fund. We have heard some heart-rending stories about players who have fallen on hard times and I am very supportive of the help they have received from the PCA.

“But I am very keen on educating young players about the dangers of gambling addiction before they go astray.

It’s a real and present danger that people need to be aware of. In the internet and mobile phone world that we now live in, everything is so accessible which means that you don’t have to go into a shop to place a bet.”

David Leatherdale, PCA Chief Executive, thanked Gooch for his generosity ahead of a busy year of fund-raising by the Association.

“Graham's donation is incredibly generous and shows the high regard in which the PCA’s work is held,” Leatherdale said.

“Through our network of Personal Development Managers, transitioning players into and out of their cricketing careers, while supporting their personal and educational needs, is a key focus and Graham's amazing donation will help provide new and additional support to all our past and present professional cricketers.”

The PCA – originally the Cricketers’ Association – was formed in November 1967 after a meeting of visionaries, which included Fred Rumsey and the late Jack Bannister, and will reach its landmark Golden Jubilee in 2017.

The organisation has developed from humble beginnings into one that has led the way in player representation, Personal Development and Welfare, mental health awareness and extensive education programmes for anti-corruption and gambling addiction in sport.

To mark the 50th anniversary, the PCA aims to raise £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund by encouraging all its 3,500 members – past and present professional cricketers in England and Wales – to donate an item of memorabilia or pledge a service that they can provide which will be auctioned throughout the Golden Jubilee year.


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The Flintoffs win £5000 for Benevolent fund in all star mr & mrs

Andrew and Rachael Flintoff recently took part in All Star Mr & Mrs, and won £5,000 for The PCA Benevolent Fund charity.

They competed against singer Paul Potts and his wife Julie-Ann and Eastenders actress Kellie Bright and her husband Paul. Many thanks to our President and his wife for nominating us to be their chosen charity.





‘When the Eye Has Gone’ – Tickets now on sale 

‘When the Eye Has Gone’ is a one man show based on the life of Colin ‘Ollie Milburn’.  It has been written by James Graham-Brown, the former Kent and Derbyshire all-rounder turned playwright, and produced by Live Wire Theatre in association with the PCA.  It will be touring all county ground venues in November 2017 and tickets for all performances are now on sale. 

Set in the bar of The North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, When The Eye Has Gone tells the all too brief life of Colin ‘Ollie’ Milburn - the cricketing legend who was one of England’s most unlikely sporting heroes.

“The play is the next innovative step in our education and awareness of personal development and welfare, in particular mental health and wellbeing,” said Jason Ratcliffe, Assistant Chief Executive of the PCA.  “It builds on a number of initiatives, notably the Mind Matters series, in recent years and builds on the Personal Development and Welfare Programme across the 18 first-class counties and MCC Young Cricketers. There have been too many tragic instances of ex-professional cricketers losing their way when their playing days are over. We hope that seeing ‘When the Eye Has Gone’ will help everyone involved in the game understand the issues behind these tragedies and focus attention on how to prevent them.”

The action takes place on the 28th February 1990 during Milburn’s cabaret performance as “Jolly Ollie”, the character he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering.

With songs, anecdotes and a large gin and coke, the story swings backwards and forwards through Milburn’s life as he raises a glass to his triumphs, including his first Test Century against the West Indies at Lords in 1966 and the disaster of losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969. 

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Tickets are priced at £10 or £8 for concessions.




The PCA’s 50th Anniversary Legacy Appeal
supported by Royal London



Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Association which has developed from humble beginnings by a group of visionaries, which included Fred Rumsey and the late Jack Bannister, to an organisation that has led the way in player representation, Personal Development and Welfare, mental health awareness, setting up a confidential helpline and extensive education programmes for anti-corruption and gambling addiction in sport.

To celebrate the PCA’s Golden Jubilee we will be embarking on a major fundraising initiative, which we hope will raise £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund to ensure we can keep delivering key services to all members.

We’re asking all members, whether current or former players, to pledge one thing to us for our 2017 online auction.

Geoffrey Boycott, the former England and Yorkshire opening batsman, has already set the ball rolling by donating a printed cloth commemorating his 100th first-class century which he scored against Australia in the 1977 Headingley Test.

Other early donations include autographed bats from former England batsman Chris Tavare, a framed and signed scorecard from the first Benson and Hedges Cup final in 1972 from former Leicestershire all-rounder John Steele and a John Player League winners' medal and other memorabilia from former Worcestershire and Gloucestershire seamer Brian Brain. 

The auction will go live at the end of January 2017 and details of how to bid for the items will be released nearer to the date.  For more information contact David Leatherdale on 07990558681 or email and Ali Prosser








Many thanks to Alastair Cook and Graeme Onions for their donations to the PCA Benevolent Fund.Their support of our charity during their benefit year is much appreciated.






A big thank you to Richard Pyrah and Tim Murtagh who have made a donation to the PCA Benevolent Fund from their 2015 benefit year fundraising.                                            



BBR3 – 6-10TH OCTOBER 2017


As part of the PCA's 50th Birthday celebrations and what is likely to be the TMT's last major fund-raiser we’re going back on the road again! Cycling from Edgbaston, Birmingham and into Snowdonia before finishing in Cardiff for a Gala Dinner on 10th October.

We know we'll have the support of many of our members, with lots already pledging their support to take up the challenge again and now we're looking for riders and sponsors to share the experience and to make it a bumper third ride in every way!

BBR3 will be a real challenge but full of camaraderie and fun so, if you are interested in taking part in the ride or becoming a sponsorship partner please contact Ali Prosser








Joe has been a professional cricketer for 13 years and is currently playing with Kent CCC.  

On New Year’s Eve he decided to take the plunge and raise money for two charities close to his heart by not having an alcoholic drink in the whole of 2016!

He said “I have seen what a great job the Benevolent Fund does in supporting past and present players and their families, so I am keen to support the cricketing family as you never know when you may need their help."

Joe will also be raising funds for Cancer Research as three very close members of his family have had their own fights with cancer recently.  Thankfully all coming through okay.

To support Joe during his dry year please go to





Andrew Gale, Yorks CCC, Daryl Mitchell, Worcs CCC, Phil Mustard, Durham CCC and Darren Stevens, Kent CCC will be raising funds for the Benevolent Fund during their benefit years. 

Many thanks to all of them for their support of the charity.






The 2016 charity golf day at Woburn will take place on 6th October on the wonderful Marquess Course.  Please register your interest to take a team with Ali Prosser

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Plans are already developing quickly for 2017 with a Birmingham to Cardiff ride being planned for early October.

2017 is PCA's 50th Birthday and Birmingham is where players assembled for its first AGM in 1967.

The Tom Maynard Trust has obvious connections with Wales and therefore, we plan to trek into much of the country‎ and finish with a celebratory dinner in Cardiff at the Swalec Stadium. 

To register your interest and to enjoy a challenging but fun experience, please contact Ali Prosser            





Saturday 13th August 2016 is the date where the Kia Oval will turn blue for the third day of the fourth Investec Test between England and Pakistan.






Tim Murtagh


 Graham Onions


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 Hamish Marshall


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Thank you to 2014 Beneficiaries who donated to the PCA Benevolent Fund 

A big thank you to Steve Harmison and Michael Yardy who have made a donation to the PCA Benevolent Fund from their benefit year fundraising.

Steve Harmison



Michael Yardy




The 5 day rider places are now full.  We do have a few day places available so to register your interest please contact Ali Prosser -







Former Warwickshire and England spinner, Ashley Giles last year climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to play in the highest game of cricket ever played, on the summit of Africa. The King of Spain’  rose to the challenge to raise crucial funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

At 5,785 metres, the game on Saturday 27 September was played at 600 metres higher than the current world record, set in 2009. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is challenging in itself, with altitude sickness a common cause of failure; so the idea of putting in the stumps and playing a full T20 match is something that only added to the challenge.

The former Bears and England coach was well-supported in the build-up to departing for Africa with three major specialist companies providing Giles with the correct kit to tackle the elements of Kilimanjaro. Haglöfs UK, Cotswold Outdoor and Musto Clothing have donated items such as hiking boots, sleeping bags and thermal clothing, which made the trip possible.

Raising money for the Fund is a crucial part of the PCA’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval, or to readjust to a life beyond and you can sponsor Gilo by donating on his Just Giving page or by text donation. All you have to do is text GILO59 followed by either £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.