Monday 18 August 2008 

Thousands Now Own A Piece Of Old Trafford History

The weather might have been the winner at Old Trafford yesterday when heavy overnight rain forced Lancashire’s Pro40 League match against Middlesex to be abandoned, but it was still a memorable day for the thousands of spectators who stuck out the bleak conditions.

This fixture was set to be the last match played on the historic Old Trafford outfield before the bulldozers roll-in to start work on a new state-of-the-art drainage system.

Over the past 150 years, the current outfield has played host to some of cricket’s most memorable moments and yesterday spectators where given the chance to walk on the hallow outfield, have photos taken in front of the famous Pavilion and even take home the ultimate in sporting memorabilia – a piece of the Old Trafford turf!

Earlier in the day, the club’s Chaplin Rev. Malcolm Lorimer lead a special service to pay respect to the hundreds of people, including former players, who have had their ashes scattered on the Old Trafford Outfield. In attendance for this service where former players of the Red Rose County including Jack Bond, Sonny Ramadhan, Bob Entwistle, Jack Simmons, Peter Lee, Barry Howard, Peter Greenwood, Geoff Pullar and Mike Beddow amongst other greats of the club.

Work on the new Outfield starts on Monday 25th August and is expected to take eight weeks to complete. In total, the works will cost in the region of £600,000 and will ensure that more cricket is played following heavy or prolonged rain – yesterday’s match being a perfect example of this.

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