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Mike Poole: 1945-2023

Some incredibly sad news to report this week with the passing of former Sefton Park Cricket Club President, Chairman and cricketer, Mike Poole, who has died aged 78, following a long illness.

Mike was an incredibly important figure in the club's recent history - his tireless enthusiasm was the driving force to gain lottery funding for our lower pavilion for instance.

Paying tribute, former 1st XI captain Richie Forsyth, said: "Mike was a lovely man who was very instrumental in us getting the new nets given his knowledge from past experiences which was utililised to deliver the project."

Three Sefton Park CC presidents enjoy themselves at the club (from l-r): Ted Williams, Mike Poole, Paul Foulder

Mike, who was originally from Helsby, latterly worked as a director at the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre at Daresbury. He was a visiting professor at the University of Liverpool where he had graduated in physics in 1966 before going on to have a hugely successful career as an accelerator physicist.

Mike, centre, pictured working at Daresbury in 1977

Away from science, Mike's passions were cricket (he captained the 3rd XI), Everton and, according to his many friends at Sefton Park, potatoes!

Mike was also an excellent table tennis player and played for many years at Sefton Park.

Our deepest sympathies go out to all his friends and family, especially Mike's wife, Rosemary, and his children Lisa, Andrew, Nicky and Becky.

Mike pictured in recent years working at The Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) in Daresbury

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