John Lonsdale - Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of John Lonsdale will take place on Wednesday 2nd November at 11:00 a.m. in the Rosemary Chapel of Springwood Crematorium

The family request no mourning wear and say that a reception will take place afterwards for family and friends in Sefton Park Cricket Club

John Lonsdale

All at Sefton Park were deeply saddened to hear of the death of John Lonsdale.

John was born in Bolton in February 1950. He attended Chester College where he qualified as a P E teacher.

After playing for his home team, Horwich RMI, in the Bolton League for 8 years, his job took him to Liverpool and a search for a new club. A glance at the 1972 league table revealed that Sefton CC were top and so he made up his mind to join Sefton. When telling this story, John always pointed out that Bootle were bottom that season!!

John went straight into the First XI in the 1973 season and in 1984 was made captain. This was the year of the fire but the portakabins and charred pavilion did not put John off, he went on to celebrate the club's 125th anniversary in 1985.

John was an excellent captain where his balance of fine man management and tactical knowledge was very much appreciated. He finished as First XI captain in 1988, taking 7 for 41 against Southport in his last game as captain.

From 1994 to 1997, he was captain of the Second XI.

He was made a Vice President of the Club in 1989

His private life was a very happy one, he married Pam in 1975 and they have one daughter, Clare.

Most of his teaching career was spent at St Mary's College, Wallasey where many of his pupils went on to play Competition Cricket. He invariable met up with many friends when Wallasey and New Brighton visited Sefton Park.

Taking early retirement, he was able to concentrate on another love, golf. He was a member of Woolton Golf Club and when his illness first affected him, he had relinquish the post of Handicap Chairman. Remarkably, he made the honours board at Woolton with his last competition at the club.

After finishing playing, John continued to support the club, both watching the cricket and chatting at the bar.

At the bar, John was an excellent companion. He had an exceptional knowledge of many sports, cricket, football, both rugby codes, horse racing, golf and many more. You could talk to him knowing that he new a lot more than you did but not for one minute did he take a superior attitude and always listened to your views, however insignificant.

John will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with Pam and Clare at this time