Over 100 ex-county and international players enjoy special day at Cheltenham.

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The PCA’s popular Past Player Day returned once again for 2019, with former professional cricketers of all ages present at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. 

Those in attendance enjoyed a drinks reception followed by lunch, whilst taking in day two of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two fixture between Gloucestershire and Leicestershire in the sun at Cheltenham College.

The event not only gives players the chance to catch up with one another, but also the opportunity to learn about the multitude of benefits that the Professional Cricketers’ Association can offer them.

The Association not only offers emotional support and contract advice to current players, but also aids former professionals in areas such as career transition, mental wellbeing and educational courses, amongst other things.

Notable attendees this year included former Yorkshire batsman and legendary umpire Dickie Bird, PCA founding father Fred Rumsey and current Chief Executive David Leatherdale.

“One of the key things we can do as a players’ association is to recognise, reward and thank the people who have put us in this position over the last 50 years,” reflected the latter.

“The PCA do a tremendous job to invite these former players along,” stated 86-year-old Bird.

“May it continue for many years to come.”

Former players who attended the PCA Past Players Day were: Andy Afford, John Aldridge, Iain Anderson, Ray Bailey, Phil Bainbridge, Dickie Bird, Cedric Boyns, Andy Brassington, Alan Brown, David Brown, Tony Brown, Graeme Cessford, David Constant, Graham Cottrell, Jim Cumbes, Roger Davis, Ray East, Kevin Emery, Duncan Fearnley, Barry Fletcher, David Fulton, Normak Gifford, Peter Graves, Callum Gregory, Patrick Grieshaber, Jerry Groom, Basher Hassan, Eddie Hemmings, Bill Higginson, Bud Hill, Dead Hodgson, Vanburn Holder, Geoff Humpage, John Jameson, Tom Jameson, Allan Jones, Keith Jones, Ray Julian, John Kennedy, Roger Knight, Tim Lamb, Harry Latchman, John Lever, Monte Lynch, Jamie McDowall Colin Metson, Greg Mike, Graham Monkhouse, Alan Ormrod, Dudley Owen-Thomas, Gary Palmer, Ken Palmer, David Partridge, Ian Payne, Derek Pearson, Pat Pocock, John Price, Mike Procter, Neal Radford, Clive Radley, Alan Ramage, Nigel Ross, Fred Rumsey, Ravi Senghera, Ken Shuttleworth, David Smith, Mike Smith, John Snow, John Steele, Bob Stephenson, Micky Stewart, Andy Stovold, Roy Swetman, Bill Taylor, Bob Taylor, Mike Taylor, Phil Thorn, Alan Wadey and Bob White.