Maurice Watkins CBE (1941-2021)
Lancashire Cricket is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Board Member, Maurice Watkins CBE, aged 79.
Watkins, who became a Board Member at Emirates Old Trafford in August 2012, passed away on Sunday.
A joint senior partner at Manchester-based solicitors Brabners, Watkins was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2011 for his services to charity.
Watkins served as Director of Manchester United Football Club for 28 years until he stepped down in 2012, whilst he was President of the British Association for Sport & Law and Chairman of British Swimming, the Rugby League European Federation, British Basketball Federation and the LEN (European Swimming) Legal Commission.
He also chaired a number of charitable bodies including Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity, the Board of Governors of The Manchester Grammar School and New Islington Free School.
Lancashire Cricket Chair, Andy Anson, said: “I first met Maurice during our time together at Manchester United. He had a real passion for sport and dedicated large parts of his life to serving in various roles across the industry. I have also had many positive interactions with Maurice in his roles with British Swimming and British Basketball on our National Olympic Committee.
“On the Board here at Lancashire Cricket since 2012, Maurice combined that passion for sport with his legal expertise to advise and provide invaluable support to the Club on a number of important projects and issues.
“It was wonderful to start my role as Chair last year and come across a familiar face in Maurice. His presence both on the Board, and as a friend and colleague, will be sorely missed.
“On behalf of the Club I would like to pass on our condolences to Maurice’s family and friends at this sad time.”