Geoff Brennand’s legacy lives on as cup returns to Millbrook

THE name of the late Geoff Brennand is to live on at Stayley Cricket Club.

Billy Bird holds aloft the Geoff Brennand Cup

When Geoff, a member of the 1961 Saddleworth League title-winning team, died his wife Joan gave a cup in his memory to the league.

The Geoff Brennand Cup was an aggregate competition that was awarded to the club with the best combined first and second-team results.

Stayley were, fittingly, the first winners of the cup in 1982, but never captured it again until the league folded in 2015.

The trophy was handed over to the Pennine Cricket League that was formed following a merger of the CLL and Saddleworth League.

But when the Pennine League recently also ceased to exist, Stayley were offered the trophy back, which they accepted.

And Stayley’s cricket committee is to meet to discuss what to do with the cup.

“There has been a suggestion that we ought to have a friendly each year against Micklehurst with the cup going to the winner,” explained Billy Bird, a Stayley Cricket Club member.

Geoff, a middle-order batsman from Millbrook, played at Stayley during a golden era in which their side included Harry Pilling and John Sullivan who went on to become Lancashire greats.

 

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