Past Player Days
Cheltenham Past Player Day 2015
On July 15th, Cheltenham woke up surrounded by grey skies and there was only one thing that could brighten the day. As past cricket players, young and old, gathered for their yearly PCA reunion the sun came out and the conversation started flowing. Incredible players from the Steele brothers, who told stories about the huge array of sports stars in their family, to the wonderfully dressed Graeme ‘Foxy’ Fowler, who wore some dashingly flowery sleeves, came along to enjoy the experience offered completely free to its members by the PCA. The day brought out many memories of competitiveness and friendship which was led by our brilliant host, England and Lancashire man, Mike Watkinson.
With this year bringing in our largest collection of past players to date we can boast the appearance members from Roy Booth, the former Yorkshire and Worcestershire wicketkeeper, the oldest past player present at 88 to Adam Rouse, the former Hampshire and Gloucestershire wicketkeeper, the youngest at 23. Another great face seen at the event was George Sharp, the former Northamptonshire wicketkeeper attended the Past Players’ Day for the first time having retired from umpiring at the end of last season.
“It’s an excellent day. It’s great to see so many old players who have you played against, some of whom I haven’t seen for 20 years or more,” Sharp said.
“The PCA do a fantastic job for the players through the Benevolent Fund for people who fall on hard times they do a wonderful job.”
Let us hope for beating our record for attendees next year and seeing more faces that have been sorely missed.
The PCA is sorry to learn of the death of Gloucestershire CCC Life Member Bob Hill who was a great supporter of the Association’s Past Players’ Day at Cheltenham.
Bob, who was one of Gloucestershire’s most loyal supporters, passed away after a long battle with ill health on his 56th birthday at the Gloucester Royal Hospital.
Our condolences are with Bob’s family and his wife Carolynne.
Funeral arrangements as follows:
Date: Monday, September 14
Time: 12.30 pm
Place: Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill Road, Gloucester, GL4 4PA
Followed by a Reception at:
Frocester Cricket Club, Frocester Hill, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 3TW
On a very sunny 17th June 2014 , The PCA held a past player day of the year at Arundel, which was a happy contrast to the previous year’s day where not a ball was bowled. The day was a great success bringing over 60 past players back together, with plenty of stories about their cricketing days. The day was hosted by Chris Cowdrey, ably assisted by Pat Pocock!
Please see below for details on the 2014 past player lunches:
The Past Player Days for 2013 took place at Arundel and Cheltenham.
The weather for the past player days in 2013 proved to be a complete contrast. At Arundel we sadly
didn't see a ball bowled whilst at Cheltenham we basked in the sunshine.
Both days proved to be a big success with members enjoying the opportunity to meet up with former colleagues and opponents.
Thank you to everyone who attended the days and to those who helped to support the
events in some way.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR FOOTAGE AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF PAST EVENTS:
Past Player Day 2011
Past Player Day 2012