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Passing of Brian Ramsden

Brian Ramsden 1942 -2024 - Obituary

Carlton Cricket Club are sad to announce the death, of one of our stalwarts, and most ardent supporters after a battle with health over the last couple of years, he would have been 82 next month. Our sincerest wishes to his Family, Jenny, Helen, David, and Grandson Dan.

Brian first came to play at Carlton in the 1959 season, he had played at school, but this was his first and only club; meaning he had been with Carlton for 65 years.

He was an attacking, hard striking batsman who could see off some of the best bowlers around and famously did so in a “friendly” against Ripon; John Waring, a Yorkshire first teamer who thought he would have an easy time in between the fixture days of a County Game met his match as Brian effortlessly scored 70 runs that day.

He could open for his team or bat anywhere in the order his captain required and make runs; lower down he would hold the game together and close it out to get a win.

He has even opened an innings with Paul Stanyard who promoted himself up the order due to Keith Taylor’s absence; after 4 overs Brian was on 50 with Paul supporting on a single.

There is another memorable occasion when in a Village Competition round Brian and Glen Cooper put on 200 runs together.

Soon after arriving at Carlton took over wicket keeping duties and played in the First Team for around 30 years and so was involved in many of the famous cup battles in the Leeds League.

One of the pictures below shows the famous Hepworth Cup with Brian and Keith Taylor Snr, another one of the Carlton Legends whom we lost earlier this year.

He won the Carlton batting trophy 3 times in 1964, 1972 & 1977 as well as the Leeds League wicket keeping award in 1976. He also kept wicket in Leeds League representative games. In 1969 he played and won a 3-aside competition, his team mates then were Paul and Keith.

Being an all-round sportsman, he played in a football team formed by the cricketers at Carlton to play friendlies on Sunday mornings. during the winter. The team then graduated into the Combination League and were very successful. Brian was a central defender who didn’t give an inch it is said by those who played with him. (2nd from left bottom row on team picture)

Brian was heavily involved in the fundraising for Carlton CC, as were many others, to build Clubhouse at Town Street which opened in 1973, becoming the Club Treasurer at that time. It was a role which he continued to hold for 44 years, a tenure which is unlikely to be surpassed by anyone in the future.

The second picture is of a proud ‘Paps’ presenting a young Dan with an award in 2016.

The Club are immensely grateful to Brian for his loyalty and hard work over such sustained period; he will be remembered.

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