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Terry Case : A Tribute to our Guardian Angel

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Everyone connected with Great Harwood Cricket Cub has been deeply saddened by the passing of our Club President Terry Case, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Having fought for a couple of years, he lost his battle on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.
Terry had joined Great Harwood from Cherry Tree CC in 1977, and served the club as a cricketer, captain, umpire, scorer, crown green bowler, as well as in an administrative capacity as Chairman of Selectors, Committee Member and then since 2002 as Chairman and finally as President from 2009. He was appointed a Life Member of Great Harwood CC in 2009, and remained involved in the development of the club right up until his final days.
From the day he took the helm of our club, it was clear that Terry had his heart set on helping the club ‘get the monkey off its back’ of not having won the Ribblesdale League Senior Division since 1900. He helped the club bring in overseas professionals of incredible calibre, and Terry had a keen eye for spotting the potential of a great club professional.
His first, Andrew Crook scored over a thousand runs in his first year and in the second season broke the club record which still stands today, scoring 1259 runs. Andrew left us to join Lancashire, and he went on to record the highest One-Day score in the County’s history.
It was a major coup in 2004 to acquire the services of then current West Indian Test cricketer Dwayne Smith, only for him to pull out on the eve of the season
But it wasn’t just professionals that Terry helped the club to attract. Multiple high quality amateur players joined the club to help in the quest for the elusive championship, including former Test match cricketers.
Terry thought he had signed the right man in 2007 in Sohail Tanvir, only for him to be taken away from us by his national side. He did manage to replace him with another Test match cricketer in Jermaine Lawson.
However it was Jermaine’s premature return to Jamaica which enabled Terry to hire a substitute professional for the final game of our 2007 season, which started the process of Terry’s perfect year.
Now many of you may be surprised that a player who, during his debut as a hired substitute, threatened an opposition bowler with his bat, was almost instantaneously hired by Terry for the 2008 season. But my word wasn’t he rewarded with that faith, as Syed ‘Shobby’ Shahabuddin’s 914 runs and 98 wickets helped us to our first Championship in 108 years, as Terry’s dream was achieved.
Terry was not however a man for the limelight, preferring to quietly go about the evolution of the club both on and off the field in an understated manner.
From his appointment as Chairman in 2002, through his hard work, generosity and overwhelming desire to provide facilities for his beloved club which were second to none, he set about – almost infectiously – redeveloping all aspects of the club in a long-term project of which we are today reaping the benefits.
Few would recognise our great club from its appearance and condition in 2002 to the present day. From the early addition of a bowling green, his tenure as Chairman and President has seen, amongst other developments, a new groundsman’s hut and electronic scoreboard, all weather practice facilities, refurbished changing rooms, a £150,000 investment on the ground drainage, an extended clubhouse with viewing balcony, landscaping to the rear of clubhouse, before finally culminating in the recent complete refurbishment of the bar and function room facilities. Never has a club undergone such investment in terms of time and money in such a short period of time. And all of this was driven by Terry, although he would be the first to stress that he couldn’t have done it without the help of various committee members over those 14 years.
When he became Chairman in 2002, the club was saddled with not-insignificant debt. He made it a priority to turn the financial position of the club around, and he leaves us at a time where we have never been in stronger financial shape. We are debt free and self-sufficient, thanks to the continuing hard work of our great Management Committee.
Terry was a unique character in many ways, but it is so rare to come across a man of such unbelievable generosity, but who seeks no publicity, gratitude or even acknowledgement for what he has contributed to the success of the our club.
He leaves us perfectly prepared for our new venture in 2017 and beyond, but there is a lot of sadness that Terry will not be here to see us take the field in 2017 as a Lancashire League club. We can however go into the new challenge and adventure in the best possible condition as a club, and perhaps most importantly, knowing that our Guardian Angel will be supporting us, as he has always done and no doubt, always will.
We will all miss him dearly, and this club will not be the same without him.
Terry – from the bottom of our hearts – Thank You.
Stuart Maher
Chairman
Great Harwood CC

 

 

 

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