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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.