Died 20 January 2006, aged 68: WAKEFIELD cricket lost one of its most loyal servants with the death of umpire and president of the Wakefield Union, Alan Wood. He had lived in Sandal for the past 20 years. Alan had a lifelong love of cricket, playing for many years before becoming an umpire, first in Wakefield Union and later standing in the West Riding League. At one time, being unable to join an established club, he founded his own and called it Primrose Hill, gathering a strong team and acting as both president and secretary.
In recent years he had helped to build up Wakefield and District Cricket Union to a thriving league. Secretary Malcolm Brickwood remembered Alan’s absolute commitment on administration: “For twenty years he worked as umpires secretary, ensuring there were always officials at every game, a job he devoted untold hours to. So when he was elevated to president there can never have been a worthier honour.” Alan worked as a mechanical engineer, first at British Jeffrey Diamond and then at Cameron Ironworks. He married Maureen Downing in 1974 and died at home aged 68 on Friday 20 January 2006, after a long illness.