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 2018All 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: -