Sponsor’s logo didn’t reflect the mood of unlucky cricket club

Memories: Charnock Richard 1st XI
Memories: Charnock Richard 1st XI

A picture of a team of cricketers in Retro on May 4 saw two people come forward with information.

Ian Pendlebury, the larger than life 2nd XI captain at Charnock Richard Cricket Club, identified the team as Charnock Richard 1st XI in 2005.

In that season the 1st XI won the Southport and District League and the 2nd XI won the Hampson Cup, beating Tarleton 2nds in the final at Southport Trinity, and reached the Sandford Shield semi-final before losing to Burscough.

Ian said: “In the background is the logo of Moving Works, which is quite ironic because we moved leagues and it hasn’t really worked quite as well as it did that year.

“The captain then was none other than Richard ‘Tricky Dicky’ Clucas.

“There are a couple more nicknames for him but one isn’t true and the other is unkind.

“It was of a group of cricketers at the end of a September day.

“Richard was an estate agent in those days and had a shop in Hindley I think.

“Anyway, he kindly agreed to sponsor the club and we had some shirts embroidered with the club badge and Moving Works logo which is how the photo got to appear in the Guardian.”

However, Stephen Hart, then vice captain, recalled how things didn’t go so well for Charnock Richard after 2005.

Stephen said: “We were promoted into the Merseyside Alliance, where the teams all had professionals and some clubs were paying quite a lot of money to pros.

“We were a small village club. All the lads in that photo lived in or very near the village, and we found it hard work to try and get a pro.”

Stephen says the camaraderie around the club remains strong, with most of the players in the photo still playing.

He said: “Steve Porter, the club chairman, still wants to play a few games this season and he turned 65 last week.

“It was good to see the photograph in the paper and it would be nice to see most of those lads get back together again.”

The club’s three teams play in the Palace Shield, with the 1st XI currently in Division 2, and Stephen hopes that they will move up the leagues again over the next few years.