Shropshire Railways History Past and present


Malcolm   graduated   from   what   is   now   Manchester   Metropolitan   University   in   1982 with   a   Bed   (Hons).   Until   his   early   death   in   May   2018   aged   just   57   he   was   working   as an   Education   Advisor   for   Local   Government,   having   previously   been   a   teacher   for 31 years. Apart   from   being   a   lifelong   rail   enthusiast,   Malcolm   was   always   actively   involved   in School’s   Football   and   Youth   Cricket   in   Telford.   He   was   a   Level   2   Advanced   Coach   in both   sports   and   coached   for   Shrewsbury   Town   Football   Club   between   1992   and 1997.
Seen here with a birds eye view of Charing Cross Station in London.
Notice Posted on St Georges Cricket Club Website May 14th 2018 All   those   currently   associated   with   the   club   will be   aware   that   Malcolm   has   been   unwell   for   the last   couple   of   months.   We   were   all   shocked   when he    was    diagnosed    with    terminal    cancer    only weeks   ago,   and   despite   his   determination   to   fight it    in    any    way    possible,    and    to    enjoy    whatever time   remained   to   him,   the   deterioration   in   his condition   was   extremely   rapid   and   tragically   he passed    away    14th    May    2018    at    2:30    pm.    We received   the   news   just   as   we   were   about   to   begin our     regular     Monday     evening     Junior     Practice session,    which    despite    the    tears    in    everyone’s eyes,   proceeded   as   normal.   It   was   what   he   would have    wanted.    Malcolm    has    been    an    important member   of   our   club   for   over   twenty   years.   He has   been   Vice-Chairman   for   several   years.   He   has been    a    regular    scorer    on    Saturdays    for    many years.     But     his     greatest     and     most     valuable contribution    was    as    a    junior    coach    and    team manager,   a   role   he   has   performed   for   all   of   his time   with   club.   Many   of   today’s   and   even   former senior   players   were   introduced   to   the   game   by Malcolm.   Amongst   these   are   some   whose   lives have   been   influenced   by   him   in   ways   that   go   beyond   the   game   of   cricket.   It   was   he   who   suggested   and implemented    an    “entry    level”    coaching    group    for    the    youngest    primary    school    children    –    “The    Junior Dragons”.   This,   many   years   before   the   “AllStars”   scheme   was   introduced   by   the   national   governing   body   ECB. There   are   many   people   who   keep   the   club   going   by   putting   something   back:   players,   ex-players,   and   parents. This   a   great   thing   which   we   always   try   to   encourage.   Malcolm   was   unique   in   this   respect.   He   was   neither   a player   nor   a   parent.   He   had   taken   nothing   out   of   the   club.   All   he   did   was   contribute.   We   have   lost   a   very valuable   member   but   more   importantly   a   good   friend.   He   was   also   heavily   involved   with   the   organisation   of local   schools   football.   In   his   working   life   he   was   a   primary   school   teacher,   and   latterly   was   responsible   for home-educated   children.   Many   of   his   former   pupils   and   their   parents   have   posted   messages   during   his illness.   Too   many   to   list   here,   but   the   phrase   that   cropped   up   time   and   time   again   was   “He   was   the   best teacher I ever had”. I know that these comments gave him great comfort during the last weeks of his life. We at  St. Georges Cricket Club will miss Malcolm greatly and he will not be forgotten.
In honour of the Service he gave to St Georges Cricket Club the Scorebox was renamed and a memorial bench placed outside the Home dressing Room: -