Remembering David Dunkley
This week we heard the sad news of the death of Lancashire Vice-President David Dunkley.
David Dunkley was one of the longest serving committee members of the old Lancashire Committee. He served for over 25 years and was for many years Chairman of the Ground Committee at Old Trafford.
David was very proud to be born in Liverpool and he played cricket for Liverpool CC between 1960-1995 as an opening batsman serving the club in many capacities as well as later being appointed President. He captained Liverpool CC and also played four games for Cheshire. His grandfather Jack Sharp captained Lancashire in the 1920’s and founded a sportswear and equipment firm selling Cricket bats and general sportswear. David continued the business and was known in the Liverpool competition as “The Cricket Ball Man” he organised and delivered cricket balls to clubs in the competition.
His support for local cricket was recognised earlier this year when he was made a Vice President of the Liverpool Competition at the January AGM.
Along with Peter Marron, the groundsman at Old Trafford they helped transform the square and pitches. Between 1984 and 1992 the square was completely re-laid and started again in 1996. Old Trafford always had high marks from umpires and was regarded as one of the best Test Match Grounds in the world. He also served on the ECB Pitches Research Group.
David was very committed to Lancashire playing at out grounds especially at Liverpool and Blackpool. Along with other members of the committee he realised that the ground had to have other uses and agreed for the start of the successful Pop Concerts on the ground. He was very forward looking and wanted to see permanent floodlights on the ground and was very pleased when it finally happened.
David was very sociable, polite and very good company, well respected in Liverpool and at Lancashire where he made a valuable contribution to the life of the club.
Our condolences to Michael, Louise, Phil and all the family at this time.
Rev Malcolm Lorimer