1983 - 1984 Season Report

1983 - 1984 Season

Chris Hassell was the guest on the 4th October 1983. As a sports administrator his first links with the sporting world were through football. He started as secretary for Crystal Palace back in 1961 and after leaving Crystal Palace he joined Everton and then moved on to Preston North End before joining Lancashire in 1977. In 1990 he took over as Chief Executive of Yorkshire until his retirement in 2005.

Making his second visit to the Society George Pope was the guest on 16th November 1983.

Also making his second visit to the Society was Graham Wiltshire who was the guest on 9th December 1983.

Keith Macklin the popular media commenator was our fisrt guest of 1984 on the19th January. From his early days as a rugby league writer on the Barrow Evening Mail, to presenting the religious programme 'Stars on Sunday', this most consummate and versatile of professionals has always fitted in. Back in the 1970s, Macklin was Yorkshire Televisions chief commentator, readily establishing a powerful reputation on regional TV. In rugby league he has covered every Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium since 1955, and was also part of ITV's reporting squad at the 1974 World Cup, and worked for the BBC. Macklin was also part of the team that launched Red Rose Radio in 1982. Macklin has seen the broadcasting industry change beyond recognition.

Barry Wood of England, Cheshire, Derbyshire was the guest for the dinner of 21st February 1984. Barry Wood was an opening batsman who was a good hooker and puller of the ball but in his 12 Tests spread over seven seasons he never played more than three in a row. He made 90 on debut against Australia in 1972, but struggled in India and Pakistan in 1972-73, and didn't get another chance until he returned to side against New Zealand in 1974-75. He was brought back in 1975 to strengthen the England side battered by Lillee and Thomson, and did all that was asked of him. He was again recalled for one Test at Lord's in 1976, and made a final outing against Pakistan in 1978. He played for Lancashire for more than a decade, before captaining Derbyshire. As late as 1988, aged 45, he was still regularly appearing for Cheshire. His bowling was more effective than it appeared, and his outstanding fielding only added to his allround worth.

Making his second appearance Barrie Meyer was the guest speaker for the 15th March 1984 dinner.

Barry Leadbetter of Yorkshire and Umpire was our guest on 6th April 1984. Barrie Leadbeater was a middle-order batsman for Yorkshire learned the game playing on the streets and also by using a marble as a ball and a ruler as a bat. His natural game was football, but as a goalkeeper he was persuaded to keep wicket for a local side - unsuccessfully - but he was hooked. He started playing for Yorkshire's 2nd XI in 1964 and broke into the full side in 1966 were he played regularly but, remarkably for a specialist batsman, he only made one hundred in 147 appearances. After retiring from playing he moved seamlessly onto the first-class umpires panel and in 1983 he stood in four matches during the World Cup. He officiated in one ODI 17 years later.

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