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Heys stalwarts Peter Larkin and Frank Cockbain remembered


Tributes to two Great Club servants

The club is saddened to hear Peter Larkin recently passed away.

Peter made his mark on the pitch as a striker. He joined Heys in January 1970 and in a 3-year period scored 55 goals, including four hat-tricks.

Indeed, in a 12-day spell in 1970 he scored hat-tricks in three successive games, firstly in a 7-0 win over Burscough and then a 4-2 away win at Rossendale. He followed that with another treble in a 7-0 home thrashing of Clitheroe.

Peter went onto score ten goals the following season as Heys won the Lancashire Combination, part of a grand slam of four trophies that they won that season. His final season (1971-72) was his most prolific as he scored 27 goals.

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Peter’s family and friends at this sad time.

The club has also been remembering Frank Cockbain, who like Peter was a member of the club during the glory years of the 60’s and 70’s when Heys were one of the country’s top amateur outfits.

Frank died in the 1970’s and was the father in law of Prestwich Cricket Club Chairman Brian Lorenzini.

Brian recently contacted the club to sponsor two future Heys home games wishing the games to be dedicated to Frank as a memorial and tribute to his contribution and achievements.

This is a tremendous and fitting gesture for a man who made a magnificent contribution to the club off the pitch. Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, Frank held a variety of positions at the club, often at the same time.

He fulfilled the roles of Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Insurance Secretary and was Chair of the Ground Committee.

Another of his roles was as Publications Secretary, where he was instrumental in producing the superb yearly Club Handbooks.

In between this Frank (2nd from right in the picture below) also served the wider community as a Local Councilor, in a time when Prestwich was its own borough and very much a close knit “Village” community with Heys at its core.

Updated 19:44 - 18 May 2019 by STEPHEN HOWARD

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