Mick’s 80th bash with his cricket clan!

Mick Conway
Mick Conway

At nearly 80-years-old Mick Conway will be donning his cricket whites for one last innings.

He has been a sportsman all his life playing fooball and cricket up to the age of 70.

And, with his 80th birthday due in November his sport-loving family wanted to mark the occasion fittingly.

With football a little too strenuous at his age they decided on a Conways v Legends cricket match which takes place at Booth CC on Sunday from 2 pm.

Mick will captain his team with an expected line-up of sons Tim, Richard, Jeremy, Simon; grandsons Jacob, Alex, Dylan, Joseph; nephews Richard, David and great-nephews Thomas and Barney.

The Legends will feature players from the Warley and Wesley clubs were Mick spent most of his career.

He said he had made great friends through sport and younger members of the family had inherited his passion.

“But, I’m not sure what to think about returning to playing the game on Sunday!” said Mick, of Norton Tower, Halifax.

He remembers queuing for hours at Headingley in 1948 to watch the greats Don Bradman and Len Hutton.

Mick played for Greetland, Stainland, Websters, Warley (for more than 30 years) and Wesley.

He was mainly a middle-order batsman but he once bowled a hat-trick.

“My collection was eight shillings and tuppence (41p). I couldn’t afford to buy a round so I sneaked off after the game!” he said.

Mick played football for Elland Utd, St Mary’s and Warley Town.

His favourite football memory is from the mid-1950s when Elland Utd beat Rhodes Street 2-0 in a Shay cup final.

“That was my best experience,” he said.

He also recalls scoring a goal in his last game for Warley Town aged 57 and he then went on to play five-a-side football for many years.

Son, Simon said his dad had a phenomenal recollection of memories.

“He is still not averse to approaching little old men and jauntily rebuking them for a foul committed with 15 minutes to go in a game on Elland Rec . . . in 1952.”

Mick’s hoping he meets many old friends on Sunday and his wife, Maureen, has also been brought out of retirement to bake buns for the party afterwards!