The Lancashire Cricket Board and Lancashire County Cricket Club are saddened to learn of the death of Jim Kenyon who gave so much to Lancashire cricket.
Jim was involved in cricket for the majority of his life. He was well known for his coaching and ability to spot talented young cricketers who went on to represent Lancashire and England. He was a key driver of the Lancashire Youth Cricket Coaching scheme which was set up to send coaches in to clubs and schools that didn’t have cricket coaches, with the aim of introducing the sport to young people. It is through this scheme that he discovered Glen Chapple.
He was also a keen tutor of the coach education programme giving new and upcoming coaches the opportunities to develop their coaching skills. He tutored the first ever overseas players’ course, which included West Indies players Malcolm Marshall, Roger Harper and Gus Logie. Following his retirement from the Lancashire FA he worked as cricket coach at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn and was a tutor at Myerscough College.
As a cricketer he was a left-hand batsman and right-arm medium paced bowler. He had represented the Lancashire Second XI team and competed for local cricket clubs, Stand CC, East Lancashire CC, to name a couple.
He was a member of the LCB Executive as Vice Chairman when it formed in 1996. He was also the Chairman of the Premier League Sub-Committee and coach / manager of the Lancashire Under 17s for many years. He knew his cricket and was always able to spot a talented young player.
Tony Crook, Chairman of the LCB, said: “He will be sadly missed by everybody within Lancashire cricket and I will personally miss him as a good friend and colleague on the LCB Executive.”
Mike Watkinson, Cricket Director for the LCCC, added: “Jim was an outstanding Ambassador for sport and a great cricket man who was involved in the development of many players, some of whom went on to represent LCCC and England. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Jim was also with the Lancashire FA in a career spanning from 1959 through to 2006 and more recently was a Director at Accrington Stanley FC.
An all-round sports Ambassador, Jim has to be remembered for all the skill, enthusiasm and passion he brought to Cricket and Football in Lancashire both in the playing side, coaching and administration of the game within the County.
Jim will be sadly missed.