People Like Stan Are Not Made Anymore

The local cricket and football communities have paid tribute to Stan Trafford, who has passed away at the age of 74.

Leek born and bred, he had a five-year spell playing for Port Vale, but he will be most fondly remembered for his dedication to local cricket.

Stan had an association with Leek Cricket Club spanning more than 60 years and as a player he also represented Staffordshire in minor county matches and in the Gillette Cup.

He later served on the county committee as the Staffordshire Cup representative before stepping down when the competition came to an end.

Stan also helped a host of players move on to the first-class and international scene in his time as Staffordshire Under-19 coach alongside Jess Hall.

Leek Cricket Club chairman Brian Mellor says they have lost an irreplaceable character.

“The word ‘stalwart’ comes to mind when you think of Stan,” said Brian. “He played junior cricket for the club and moved his way through, serving on the committee, being the secretary, and in later years still watching games home and away.