A MEMORIAL bench has been unveiled at Gosport Borough Cricket Club in recognition of one of its former players, Bud Fisher.
Members of the community and relatives of Mr Fisher were invited to the club for an open day, which looked back at memories of the star sportsman.
Mr Fisher co-founded the club, and as its captain he was a key contributor in its success on and off the field.
Aged 51, Mr Fisher died from a heart attack in 1963 on the morning he found out some of his players had been selected to play for Hampshire.
The original memorial bench, which was placed in Privett Park just after his death, disappeared after a fire at the pavilion.
Cllr Peter Edgar and club secretary, Barbara Cooke, took the opportunity of funding to have it reinstated.
Beverley Morgan, 46, granddaughter of Mr Fisher, said: ‘He has made me very proud as a granddaughter.
‘To think 50 years on, people are still talking about him, I am just sorry he wasn’t around to see it.’
Timothy Morgan, 12, is now following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps by playing for the under-13 team.
Cllr Edgar, President of the Gosport Borough Cricket Club, said: ‘It was a very moving occasion with many relatives of Bud Fisher there, along with quite a number of people who played with him and against him all those years ago.
‘Bud was always giving young people a great deal of encouragement and without his support I would not have gone on to play cricket and support cricket.
‘Bud believed in young people and in the game of cricket.’
Visitors were able to find out about playing and coaching opportunities, as well as having the chance to try out the cricket equipment before a match got under way in the afternoon.
Waitrose in Stoke Road provided guests with free refreshments throughout the day. As part of the store’s sponsorship deal with the England cricket team, it is supporting thousands of local cricket clubs around the country.