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A tribute to former Lancashire wicket keeper Geoff Clayton

A tribute to former Lancashire wicket keeper Geoff Clayton

A tribute to former Lancashire wicket keeper Geoff Clayton

Over 150 people attended the funeral of former Lancashire and Somerset cricketer Geoff Clayton in Delph earlier this month.

Clayton, born in Mossley, Lancashire on February 2nd 1938, first appeared for Lancashire Second XI in 1956. 

A year later, when he was on National Service, he made his First Class debut for Combined Services against Worcestershire and in 1959 he made his senior debut for the Red Rose county, after which he became the regular first team ‘keeper.

He made his debut for Lancashire in 1959 winning his county cap in 1960. He played six seasons for the county scoring over 4,000 runs and taking 428 victims behind the stumps.

He went on to play for Somerset and at the age of 29 retired from first-class cricket after scoring 6,000 runs and taking 666 victims behind the stumps. He was regarded by many bowlers as the best wicket-keeper they had played with.

At the funeral, which was part funded by Lancashire Cricket and the PCA, the Club's chaplain Rev Malcolm Lorimer and Historian Keith Hayhurst spoke about one of Lancashire’s great characters both on and off the field. A right hand batsman and excellent wicketkeeper 

The funeral reflected his modest roots in Mossley and his one-off character, surprisingly ecumenical in attending both chapels and church as well being a regular at three public houses. There were many stories told about Geoff and the church rang with laughter about someone who had no airs or graces and was loved by all. The number of people there an indication of how much he was held in their affection.

He always remained his own man, unmoved by what anyone else might think. We will miss him, especially at the Former Player functions.

Rev Malcolm Lorimer

 
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