I played cricket for Scalford in the late 1950’s and early 60’s in the field opposite Red House Farm, the home of the Glover family. I was much the junior member playing alongside David’s dad , Norman and his uncle Mike Taplin. David would have been running round the outfield and the village in those days. He came to play at Egerton Park in the early 1990’s and became a loyal and valuable team member with his left arm spinners. He took on the captaincy of the A team , making such a success of it that the team won the league in 2006.
Always prepared to take on responsibility he became Vice Chairman of the club and took over the Chair when I “retired” in 2015. Together with his wife Marie, they organised the bar, always prepared to serve customers when required. He took retirement from his job at Jeldwen just a year ago, looking forward to working on the pitch and preparing wickets . With the advent of Covid 19, there was a only a very limited amount of cricket possible. None the less, he and I were working together September applying loam and fertiliser to make sure the wicket would be in the best possible condition for the 2021 season. He was looking forward to spring, to get out there mowing and rolling for the new season.
His passing is a tragic loss for his family, Marie, Tom and Victoria. After 30 years of making lasting contribution to the club, David will be missed by the players, members and his friends at Egerton Park Cricket Club.