Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

The photo shows CCLS Vice-Chairman, Neil Swanwick with Ian Morgan OBE

Photo courtesy of John Windle


For the last meeting of the 2018/19 season the CCLS welcomed Ian Morgan OBE, the Chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club as the speaker for the evening.

Ian talked through his business career, the success of which was acknowledged by him being awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to the bus industry and business in the East Midlands. Upon deciding to finish working on a full time basis (he continues to retain a seat on the Board of the bus company in which he was associated) he decided to become more active in some other aspects of his life and interests.

Ian has been involved in cricket since being a member of his local cricket club where he was involved in junior coaching and girls’ cricket. He has followed as much cricket as time would allow since ‘retiring’. He has attended 24 England tests abroad and only seen them win six times.

He spoke very candidly about his opinion on the current state of cricket generally and about the differences in operating a cricket club compared to a Bus Company.

He shared the financial challenges facing DCCC, particularly the problems of cash flow.

In answering members’ questions on specific issues relating to the Club he was as candid as he could be in a public arena.

Ian came across as a confident speaker, a cricket enthusiast who is enjoying his current role despite the pressures this brings. It was, perhaps, his unassuming, unpretentious personality that impressed most. He left members’ with the impression of a hard working cricket enthusiast, who was not only a great ambassador for the club but a person you could easily talk to and who was a good listener.

A very enjoyable evening and a fittingly good end to another successful season for CCLS

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