Tuesday 15 July 2008 

Lancashire Mourns Ex-Player And Coach John Savage

Lancashire County Cricket Club has been informed that former player and coach John Savage passed away yesterday afternoon in Rochdale Infirmary after a short illness.

Off-spinner John Savage was born in Ramsbottom on 3rd March 1929 and played the majority of his first-class career at Leicestershire CCC (1953-1966), before coming to Old Trafford in 1967.

With the emergence of Jack Simmons, opportunities in the first team were limited, but Lancashire saw the strong leadership qualities in John and asked him to take on the role of Player Coach for the club’s up and coming talent. So in 1969 and until the end of his playing career in 1978, Savage remained in this role and nurtured the future stars of Lancashire with great success.

In 2001, John was elected a Vice-President of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Although born in Ramsbottom, he made his home in Crumpsall, North Manchester and leaves a son Richard, daughter Claire and partner Margaret; with whom the club sends their deepest sympathies.

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