Clive Jackson has become only the second person to be awarded the league’s top accolade posthumously. The Altofts stalwart has been named as the 2020 winner of the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy in recognition of his 60 years of service to his club and the wider game of cricket.
League chairman David Young said: “Clive gave remarkable service to his club and it is only right that we acknowledge that. He is a most deserving winner, and we share the sadness of Altofts at him not being able to lift the trophy and enjoy the acclaim of his peers.”
The trophy will be received by Clive’s widow Joan and his daughter Judith Broughill at the newly renamed Clive Jackson Cricket Ground at Altofts this afternoon.
Judith said: “My dad would have been so proud to have been chosen for this award. It is wonderful recognition of all his work.”
The only other past winner to be awarded the trophy posthumously was the former Bradford League president Gordon Bowers in 1980.
Altofts secretary Jordan Carter said: “This is a massive honour for both Clive and the clubs. This is recognition of all his work he did over so many years.
“As a club we have been humbled by the messages we have received from all over the world following Clive’s death.
“One of the most touching came from Langwarrin Cricket Club in Melbourne, Australia where Clive used to coach when visiting his daughter Judith and her family.
“Langwarrin posted a lovely tribute on their Facebook page and all of their players wore black armbands in their game last Saturday.”
This design for the 2021 Altofts shirt has been produced by All Rounder Cricket
Altofts have already re-named their ground to mark Clive’s remarkable influence on the club and their sponsors have paid to have the initials CJ on the left sleeve of their playing shirts.
Players past and present plan to provide a guard of honour at the Clive Jackson Cricket Ground tomorrow as Clive’s hearse does a lap of the ground prior to his funeral. The idea for this came from the recent funeral of Australian Test star Dean Jones – the close friend of Clive who was one of the many Australian players he signed for the club – whose hearse lapped the MCG.
Joining those paying their final farewell to Clive will be Derby County footballer Duane Holmes and former Yorkshire cricketer James Logan who were both coached from a young age by him.