Friday 31 October 2008 

Peter Marron To Leave Old Trafford After 30 Years

Lancashire County Cricket Club is sad to announce that after 30 years with the club, Head Groundsman Peter Marron has decided to leave Old Trafford. 53 year-old Marron, who is arguably one of the best and most respected Groundsman in the UK, will leave Old Trafford at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities as a Freelance Groundsman. On confirming the news, Lancashire’s Chief Executive Jim Cumbes said; “Peter has been thinking about this for sometime, and it’s something he and I have discussed at length over the past couple of months. He has been Head Groundsman here for 25 years, and there are things away from Old Trafford he would like to do, and felt if he didn’t do them now, he never would.” “To my mind, he has been the best Groundsman in the country for years. And I know he doesn’t win the top awards, but they tend to go to those with the flattest pitches, not necessarily the best cricket pitches! You just need to read the comments made by the England team and touring sides over recent years, and they are always full of praise for the pitches at Old Trafford.” “Pete has just completed installing our new £600,000 start-of-the-art drainage system and outfield, and will be kept busy over the coming weeks overseeing the turfing and maintenance of this. It’s not the last we will see of him, as I fully expect him to be driving the re-orientation of the square when that takes place at the end of 2009, it’s just he won’t be here on a full-time basis.” In 2006, Lancashire showed just how much Peter was respected when they awarded him with a unique Benefit Year, to honour the work he has done for not only the club, but the County as a whole. On making the decision Peter Marron said; “Not many people can come to work each morning and honestly say they love their job, but I can. However, when you’ve been doing it for as long as I have, you get to a point when you need a new challenge and want to use your knowledge in a different capacity. “Lancashire Country Cricket Club and Old Trafford is a massive part of who I am. I’ve had the best and the worst of times whilst working here, and over the years some work colleagues have become my closest friends. But there is a big wide world out there, and you just know when it’s time to pass over the reigns and try something new.” No decision on a replacement has been made as yet. There is a scheduled General Committee meeting in the coming fortnight, where options will be discussed on the direction the club wishes to take. © Lancashire CCC