Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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The next meeting of our 2023/24 programme will be held at Chesterfield FC's SMH Group Stadium
on Monday 11th December when the speaker will be David Griffin

Pie ‘n Peas Lunch

with Fred Rumsey interviewed by Stephen Chalke

on Monday 22 January 2024 - 12 noon at Chesterfield FC’s SMH Group Stadium

Members & Non-Members £20 each

Enquiries to

Our meetings take place at Chesterfield FC's SMH Group Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 8NZ unless members are informed otherwise.

Membership costs £15. Visitors are welcome for a small fee which will be refunded if the visitor becomes a member on the evening.

Meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. and are held monthly from October to March. The evenings vary from Monday to Thursday.

Founded in 1963, we are the "senior" of the three societies in Derbyshire.

The aim of the Society is to further interest in and enthusiasm for cricket at all levels

Don't forget to visit the Derbyshire CCC website



The photo shows Neil Swanwick and Bill Athey

Photo courtesy of John Windle

Bill Athey provided the society with an evening of humour, insights into the characters he had encountered during his career, and this was done with a great deal of self- deprecation and modesty. The feedback from members indicated that Bill was one of the best speakers that had been to the society.

Very proud of his roots in Middlesborough and he remains an avid Middlesborough FC fan (he did manage to get away with this despite reminders from some members that a certain FA Cup semi-final still provides distress amongst Chesterfield FC supporters!). He was a very talented footballer and cricketer with apprenticeship forms being offered by both Middlesborough FC and Yorkshire CCC. It was to the great benefit of cricket that he chose to sign for Yorkshire.

Bill made his debut for Yorkshire at Northampton in May 1976 and was confronted by a formidable bowling attack consisting of Sarfraz Nawaz, Bob Cottam, John Dye, Bishan Bedi and Peter Willey – quite a line up! His career progressed quickly, and he was selected to make his debut for England in the Centenary Test at Lord's in 1980. Eight years later he appeared in the Bicentenary Test in Sydney, one of only three England players to feature in both games.

He talked about many highlights of his test career including facing a number of ferocious West Indies attacks and being the nearest player to the Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana face off at Faisalabad in the infamous 1987 Pakistan test. His best test memory was being part of the 1986/87 squad to contest the Ashes series in Australia. One correspondent had commented on the squad ‘can’t bat, can’t bowl, can’t field’. They won the series 2-1.

After his initial spell at Yorkshire he left, for well documented reasons, and went to Gloucestershire which he found to be a quieter environment. With Gloucestershire he spent nine seasons rooming and travelling with Jack Russell, as a result of which he had many stories about Jack’s unique lifestyle – including his 25/30 cups of tea per day.

Bill is an affable and easy going individual who provided lots of anecdotes about his career which were thoroughly enjoyed by all attending the evening. It was generally thought that he was amongst the best speakers to recently visit the Society – with Bill’s humour, humility and honesty to the fore.


Reports from Previous Meetings

2023/2024 Season

Daryl Mitchell

2022/2023 Season

Ryan Duckett and Wayne Madsen

Paul Aldred

Kevin Howells

David Griffin

Devon Malcolm

Paul Farbrace

Adrian Rollins

2021/2022 Season

Daryn Smit

Elizabeth Ammon

John Holder

David Millns

2020/2021 Season

Ian Morgan OBE, Ryan Duckett, Luis Reece - Zoom Meeting

Ian Blackwell - Zoom Meeting

Ryan Duckett - Zoom Meeting

2019/2020 Season

Lawrence Booth

Steve Kirby

Dave Houghton

Chris Lewis

Tim O'Gorman

Stephen Chalke

2018/2019 Season

Ian Morgan OBE

Darren Bicknell

Malcolm Nash

Jim Cumbes

Geoff Cope

Tony Palladino

2017/2018 Season

John M Brown

Elizabeth Ammon

Richard Tomlinson

Jeremy Lloyds

Mal Loye

2016/2017 Season

Mike Hendrick

David Leatherdale

Kim Barnett

Wayne Madsen

Dave Fletcher

Neil Mallender

Alan Hill

Simon Jones MBE & Malcolm Ashton

2015/2016 Season

Richard Blakey

Angus Fraser MBE

Chris Watts & Steve Richardson

Paul Baldwin

Stephen Chalke

Wes Durston

2014/2015 Season

David Frith

Martin Bodenham

Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin

The Pyemont Brothers

Graeme Welch

Tony Borrington

2013/2014 Season

Simon Storey

Jeff Evans

Chris Marples

Colin Shindler

John Carr

Malcolm Ashton

2012/2013 Season

John Barclay

Cally Barlow


Stephen Chalke

John Lever MBE

Geoff Miller

2011/2012 Season

Chris Grant & Tom Poynton

Rev'd Mike Vockins OBE

Richard Kettleborough

Derbyshire Cricket Academy

Mick Newell

Roger Knight OBE

Clive Radley MBE

2010/2011 Season

Pat Murphy

Paul Edwards

Colin Tunnicliffe

Geoff Cook

Don Shepherd & Edward Bevan

David Morgan


Members of the late Trevor
Bowring's family with
Mike Taylor and Jason Fage

Trevor's grandson, Sam, rings the
bell for the first time, with
Shirley Bowring and Mike Taylor

David Marshall & James Pipe

John Barclay & Edwin Smith

David Marshall & John Barclay

Trevor Bowring, David Marshall & Bob Wood

John Barclay meeting,134 people enjoy a superb meal

John Morris & David Marshall

Trevor Bowring, Jim Parks & Jim Brailsford

Matthew Maynard & David Marshall

Niven Roper & Chris Kelly

Ray East & Mike Taylor

Chris Read & David Marshall

Steve Garratt & Niven Roper

Steve Franks & Alan West

Steve Kirby & David Marshall

Keith Loring & Mike Taylor

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