A LIFELONG cricket lover who devoted more than 70 years of his life to Burnley Cricket Club has died aged 90.
Mr Clifford Maden (pictured), who joined the club as a bowler before the Second World War, played alongside some of the game’s greats and saw budding cricketers like Ashes hero Jimmy Anderson come through the ranks.
He died peacefully at home in Briercliffe Road on Tuesday, December 13th.
Friends at the Turf Moor club where he spent countless happy hours, both as a player and spectator, threw Clifford a special party in February to celebrate his 90th birthday.
His grandaughter Naomi Maden, who lives in Staffordshire, said: “Grandad was cricket mad.
“He loved playing the game and then watching.
“He was also a very kind, friendly and bright man.”
Mr Maden, whose wife Mabel died in 2008, worked as a clerk at the Halifax Building Society in Burnley.
The couple’s only child, also called Clifford, died in 2005.
Naomi, who has a sister called Racheal, added: “Grandad was a very fit man and very independent. He was still living at home.
“Grandad and nana also used to go sequence and ballroom dancing, something which grandad was still doing only a week before he died.” Clifford joined Burnley Cricket Club in 1939 aged 18 while he was still playing for John Gray’s cotton mill where he worked.
The young Clifford was called up to fight in the Second World War but was discharged for medical reasons not long after and returned to Burnley where he continued playing for the town’s first team.
After the war, Clifford played alongside greats such as West Indian spinner Ellis Achong and Australian all-rounder Cecil Pepper in the Lancashire League which attracted pros from across the globe.
He played until 1956 but his commitment to the club saw him become a committee member.
Speaking in February he said: “I have stayed with the club for so many years because I was proud to play for Burnley Cricket Club and proud to help out when I finished playing.
“It is a great club.
“I just love cricket. I loved playing it and I love watching it.”
His funeral will be held on Thursday at 1-40 a.m. at Burnley Crematorium.