Hello Richard Cook!

A very welcome surprise visitor to the ground this morning was Richard Cook, who is a descendant of the cricketing Cook brothers Lol, Jack, Billy and Billy’s son George and indeed his daughter Evelyn who played in the short lived Lowerhouse Ladies team of 1933!  Billy Cook in particular is still remembered as a brilliant all rounder, with a League career spanning 1904-1936, especially as pro for both Burnley and Lowerhouse and by a strange co-incidence today stands next to one Daniel Salpietro in the Lancashire League list of best bowling performance in an innings, albeit a century apart! Billy took 10 for 36 as pro for Burnley in 1914, Dan 10 for 34 for Rishton in 2012. Billy Cook is the subject of a recent biography by his grandson Paul Kay,  which we previewed last year.

Richard is very interested in his family’s cricketing history, and particularly in the clubs Billy played for in the Lancashire League and whenever he finds himself near one of the grounds, he calls in for a look.

You can buy Cotton, Cricket and Football by Paul Kaye here.  

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