TALKING SPORT: Club’s demise is a crying shame

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During more than three decades covering Saints’ affairs I have witnessed many highs and lows, both on and off the field, but last week experienced one of the saddest moment I can ever recall.

It came when the Original Supporters’ Club announced during their annual player of the year presentation night at Langtree Park that the final curtain was about to come down on more than a lifetime’s support of the town’s most famous sporting organisation.

Hit by a dwindling numbers and unable to attract younger members to take over the reins from 80-year-old chairman Gerry Moore and 75-year-old vice-chairman John Powell, they have been left with little alternative other than to call it a day.

It’s a crying shame that a voluntary organisation of this kind has been reluctantly forced to throw in the towel after supporting Saints through thick and thin since 1927 (apart from the war years) and raising many thousands of pounds in the process.

It is the end of an era, unless there are people out there willing to pick up the cudgel.

g Celebrations no doubt went on long into the night as Rainhill Cricket Club toasted promotion to the ECB Premier Division of the Liverpool Competition on the final Saturday of the season.

They finished runners-up to Birkenhead Park in the first division table after toppling neighbours Rainford by 105 runs - and were the recipients of a tweet from the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Andy Bowden, congratulating them on their success.

St Helens Town CC were the only other local club celebrating, having topped the Competition second division table featuring second teams only.

g The Original Supporters’ Club are also hoping to trace Rita Dillon, widow of former member, Brian Dillon. They have a trophy named after

Brian which they want to return to the family and if anyone can help they are asked to contact John Powell, telephone 01744 732348.