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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

COLIN Boucher was last seen driving a bus in Oldham, Ken McEntyre is somewhere in the Antipodes still involved with a cricket club and Keith Courtney is a multi-millionaire importer-exporter with business contacts and residences around the world, writes STEVE BOTT.

So where are the others now? The charismatic players who everybody loved at Towncroft over the years - from Roy Gilchrist to Brad Osborne and many in between and maybe even after.

We see a famous local lad who has never left his roots often. Paul Rocca is still heavily involved with the league and visits Towncroft on a regular basis. He also uses a bus now from time to time as he has a free pass! Maybe he stands at the front and has a chat with Colin during the journey!

Talking of buses I wonder where Brian is now. Brian was a vociferous North Mancunian who supported Middleton for many seasons and also drove a bus.

The best tale involving him was when he allegedly stopped a double decker full of passengers on Hollin Lane, climbed out of the driver's seat and up onto the top deck where he proceeded to watch the action on Towncroft for a while oblivious to his passengers and their desire to reach their destinations! 

John Burton was one of the first professionals I watched at Towncroft shortly after I arrived as a young nine-year-old boy on Springfield Road.

John was a big, lean-boned Yorkshireman from the Huddersfield area. Indeed, it is probably through him that Middleton CC's connection with Slaithwaite Cricket Club began. Roger Clarkson, a fast bowler who also resided on Springfield Road and the aforementioned Keith Courtney went to Slaithwaite for spells as the professional at the club just over the Lancs/Yorks boundary on the road from Oldham to Huddersfield.

In sharp contrast to straightforward and upright John Burton let's leap to Brad Osborne, a likeable South African who was good on the pitch a great conversationalist in the bar and he also had a bit of a mad streak too which created the odd interesting titbit to mull over as well!

I wonder what he and Kelvin Williams are doing now. Kelvin was a much loved pro at Middleton. He had two spells with the club and there weren't many who did not take to this quiet affable West Indian.

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