This was the poignant moment when Clive Jackson exceptional service to Altofts and the game of cricket was acknowledged with the league’s top accolade.
His wife Joan and daughter Judith Broughill received the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy at the newly renamed Clive Jackson Cricket Ground.
Clive, who died on November 27 aged 81, is only the second person to be awarded the trophy posthumously in its 60 year history – former league president Gordon Bowers was the first in 1980.
Clive has served Altofts in virtually every role in his 60 years with the club and league chairman David Young said: “Few people can have served their club longer or with more devotion than Clive.
“He has done so much and thoroughly deserves to have his name added to the distinguished list of winners of the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy.
“Every club needs a Clive Jackson and Altofts have been fortunate to have benefitted from his long and outstanding contribution. He has done so much but his greatest legacy will be the thriving junior section he launched and nurtured since 1972.
“The Bradford Premier League is pleased to be able to pay tribute to Clive and our only sadness is that we could not present the trophy to him which would have given him the chance to savour the acclaim of his peers.”
Normally a citation is read out at the annual dinner before the winner is revealed. We felt it only right that one should be written for Clive.
Citation for Clive Jackson
This year’s Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy winner has left an indelible mark on the club he has served so outstandingly for 60 years.
In the short time since Clive Jackson’s sad passing at the age of 81 on November 27 Altofts have renamed their Lock Lane ground after him and had his initials incorporated in the designs for next season’s playing shirts.
Fittingly, the CJ will be emblazoned on the left sleeve as Clive was a man who always wore his heart on his sleeve.
And there is no doubt his face would have sparkled with a beaming smile if he had seen the new sign which proclaims that the Clive Jackson Cricket Ground is now the home of Altofts Cricket Club.
Despite living only, a six hit from the ground and being able to view it from his back bedroom, Clive was not satisfied to simply take in the view. He had to be there working for the club he had such a deep love for.
It is hard to quantify just how much time he spent there in his latter years either coaching players, preparing pitches, cutting the outfield, or restocking the bar.
As if that was not enough, he was a meticulous administrator. Shortly before his death he handed over a set of files to the new guard who will look to carry on his work.
Details had been logged meticulously on paper and memory sticks. One file contained information of all the club’s equipment, the serial numbers, when they were purchased and their service history.
There was not anything Clive would not do for his club and there was not anything he did not know about it. He set high standards for himself and looked to persuade others to follow his example.
As a player, Clive shared in some of Altofts greatest triumphs. He featured in the sides that won the Pontefract League Division One title in 1972, 1973 and 1975 before they moved to the Central Yorkshire League and achieved promotion at the first attempt in 1976.
Described by his contempories as a gritty opening batsman and gentle medium pace bowler who tricked many a batsman with his cutters, Clive was instrumental in ensuring the momentum continued.
A first Central Yorkshire League title followed in 1980 and in 1981 Altofts retained the championship as well as winning the Yorkshire Council Play-Offs. A third league championship followed in 1983.
The 1981 side is considered the finest in Altofts history and contained four overseas players, all recruited by Clive. The outstanding New Zealand trio of Ronnie Hart, Lindsay Crocker and Alan Hunt were supplemented by Dean Jones, a 20-year-old fast bowler who was later to become one of Australia’s greatest modern day Test batsmen and a friend of Clive’s.
Without doubt Clive’s greatest legacy will be the junior section he founded in 1972 and presided over until his death.
His daughter Judith says she felt he was like a ‘Pied Piper’ as youngsters followed him about wanting to tell him about their new cricket bat or their latest achievements,
Countless cricketers have come through the ranks at Altofts under Clive’s protective wing. He loved coaching and enjoyed nothing more than imbibing his great love of the game in them.
Players at every age from those as young as seven to those in under-17 side benefitted from his vast cricket knowledge.
He also made it a matter of pride to watch all the sides play decked out in his trademark shorts and Altofts caps. He also took the trouble to travel to watch his players when they were selected for representative cricket.
Just as he always wanted the best for Altofts as a club, Clive wanted all his players to fulfil their potential.
His abilities as a coach were not confined to the junior sides. He provided guidance and shrewd cricket knowhow to the players in the club’s senior teams.
Clive’s coaching skills were respected far beyond the boundaries of Altofts where he lived for his entire life. He served as a coach educator for the Yorkshire Cricket Association and helped many people to become qualified coaches.
In Australia too his coaching skills were admired. He made annual visits to Melbourne after his daughter Judith married Altofts first Australian player Kenny Broughill.
Clive coached at the Langwarrin club for many years and was loved by players at all levels from juniors right up to the club’s first team.
One of the many fine tributes paid to Clive since his death was announced was the decision by the Langwarrin players to wear black armbands at their games last weekend as a mark of respect for their dear friend.
Clive will be missed on both sides of the globe and as the cricketing world comes to terms with the loss of a great servant, it is time to draw on the many memories Clive has provided.
Clive may have played his final innings, but we should not forget that few people will have served one club so loyally for so long.
The Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy has been awarded to a most deserving winner who deserves to have their name engraved alongside those of so many distinguished servants of the game.