Part of Our History

Doug Wilks

One of the pillars of local cricket died in January 2007.

Doug Wilks, who had countless contacts in the first-class game, was a leading light in the Fylde Coast Cricket Society he helped form more than 30 years ago.

As speakers secretary, he persuaded the likes of Geoff Boycott, Michael Atherton, Dickie Bird, David Lloyd, Clive Lloyd, Jim Laker and Basil D’Oliveira to talk candidly to lovers of the game locally. Fellow Yorkshireman Bird was a particularly good friend.

Married for 56 years, he and his wife Emily came to Blackpool 38 years ago from their native Barnsley to go into the hotel business.

Doug had ten years as junior chairman at St Annes CC and remained closely involved with the youngsters’ development. His ashes will be scattered on the ground, which is a few hundred yards from his home in Highbury Road.

Club chairman John Cotton, who is also chairman of the Northern Premier League, said: “Doug’s enthusiasm and commitment to junior cricket were second to none."
“Without his commitment and organisational skills and the way he dealt with youngsters, we probably wouldn’t have had as successful a section as we do."

“He was a character. Sometimes at committee meetings we had to listen to an awful lot he had written because he was so passionate but nobody could fault him for that. What he’s done for this club won’t be forgotten.”

© 2007 Mike Young

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