My review of 2020 – No Brexit, no COVID

I’ve been looking back at my blog postings throughout each month of 2020 and I’ve picked out the 12 most interesting from my perspective:-

Liverpool 2’s massive new container cranes

January – Access to the Port of Liverpool & Sefton Council’s far, far too late Judicial Review application –

Cottages in Sefton Lane, Maghull (September 2012) – Sadly flooding here has a long history

February – Will building Maghull’s vast new urban extension lead to more flooding? –

Sunny Southport Cricket

March – Watching County Championship cricket at Birkdale – so sad it’s seemingly a thing of the past –

Liverpool Exchange Station in 1977

April – Looking back at a once great station – Liverpool Exchange –

Jim Sharpe RIP

May – The sad passing of an old style community journalist of note –

June – Policing has long been a political interest of mine and a big frustration when it fails to deliver –


July – Reading the history of Liverpool’s famous Meccano Factory –

August – Vehicles on pavements the curse of the selfish motorists –

Merseyside Maritime Museum

SeptemberLife on Board a new exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum –

The present Sandy Lane Changing Rooms building – Lydiate

October – Banging the drum for football changing facilities in Lydiate –


November – Lydiate’s volunteer litter pickers –


December – A remarkable Meccano canal bridge –

So that was 2020 trying hard not to mention Brexit or Covid. The items posted here are just a small selection of my many (far too many I hear you say) blogs about all kinds of things which have caught my attention during a very odd year indeed. Here’s hoping for a better 2021…..

Southport – When Patrick the fastest bowler in the world bounced into town

Sunny Southport’s Cricket Ground

My love of cricket will be known to people who drop into this blog-site and that one of my Nottinghamshire cricketing heroes is the legendary fast bowler Harold Larwood – we both originate from the same district of Notts, Kirkby-In-Ashfield. But being a Notts lad exiled on Merseyside my cricket watching has been Lancashire based via catching County Championship matches at Aigburth (Liverpool) and Birkdale (Southport) for many a year.

The other day, You Tube, suggested a video to me about Patrick Patterson, probably the fastest bowler of modern day cricket. I watched said video (linked below) which has more than a tinge of sadness about it as seemingly Patrick can’t really remember much about his playing days.

And what’s all this got to do with Southport? Well Patrick played for Lancashire from 1984 to 1990 and from checking the LCCC website archives I identified that he played at Southport’s Trafalgar Road ground in August 1984 against Northants and in July 1987 against Warwickshire. I was at one of those matches, I may have been at both, but my memory is hazy as to whether I was there in 1984 & 1987. Chances are that I was there with my old chum Chris Reilly and probably other Bootle Inland Revenue colleagues as many of the male members of staff would often take a day off to watch the cricket when Lancs were playing locally.

But what my memory is very clear about is the bowling of Patrick at the ground on the occasion I saw him. I recall that he started his run-up outside the playing area i.e. beyond the boundary rope within the crowd. He bowled incredibly fast and with Trafalgar Road being a smallish ground when he bowled a bouncer which evaded batsman and keeper it could and easily did make the boundary for 4 byes/wides!

On a sunny day there’s nothing quite like watching County Championship Cricket at Trafalgar Road and it is a matter of some sadness and frustration that Lancashire seem reluctant to make it an annual fixture of recent seasons. Here’s a link to the matches that have been played at the ground, the last one being 2018:-

Note:- Click on the photos to enlarge them. Neither were taken when Patrick Paterson was playing I might add.

Come to Sunny Southport the advert said……


So I went, yesterday in fact, and had a grand day out at the cricket.

Lancashire County Cricket Club have been on their annual visit to Birkdale Cricket Ground and it is always a delight to be there even though I support Nottinghamshire CCC. I went to watch the 3rd day’s play in the 4 day 1st Division County Championship match against Durham and took these photos:-

Sunny Southport's Cricket Match

Sunny Southport’s Cricket Match

Marking out the hallowed turf

Marking out the hallowed turf

Waiting for a slip up!

Waiting for a slip up!

This one got what for

This one got what for

Should've gone to put the bails on - (Specsavers are the sponsors)

Should’ve gone to put the bails on – (Specsavers are the sponsors)

Click on the photos to enlarge them. By the way Lancashire were batting all day and Durham were fielding.

I found a shady spot under some trees by the railway line and had a lovely relaxing day out. It must have been a near capacity crowd, I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in Birkdale Cricket Ground. What’s more the weather was cracking the flags; real cricket weather in Sunny Southport.

The 5 photos are also on my Flickr pages at:-

Southport – 1st Class Cricket returns again in 2016

Great news that Southport will yet again be hosting a County Championship match in 2016.

The match is against Durham on the 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th of July at Birkdale Cricket Ground.

Glen Capple - LCC at Birkdale r

Pictured above is Glen Chapple – Lancashire County cricketer. An all-rounder who represented England in a single One Day International, as well as performing well for Lancashire over many years. He bowls right-arm fast-medium, and is a right-handed batsman.- pictured here at Southport’s Birkdale ground in May 2015. On this occasion he was not playing in Lancs County Championship match against Derbyshire but was out coaching a young bowler during a lunch interval.

The photo above is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Southport – Lancashire V Derbyshire – A day at the cricket

It was hardy Sunny Southport yesterday morning indeed in was more like Shivering Southport! But the sun came out in the afternoon and a great day out was had despite the strong wind at Birkdale Cricket Ground.


Lancashire's Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

Lancashire’s Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

Seeing Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince get his double hundred was something I had not previously witnessed on a cricket ground and it was well deserved.

Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.

Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.

A lot of new faces in the Lancashire Team these days as they strive to get back into the 1st Division of the County Championship. Based on what I saw today they stand a good chance of doing it but I just hope it is not at the expense of my team Notts who seem to be doing all they can to get themselves relegated at present!

This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.

This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.

With Derbyshire 58 runs behind with 3 second innings wickets down the last day looks set up but unfortunately I can’t be there.

The last photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Nottinghamshire survive the drop (just) and Lancashire get promoted

This season has been fascinating for a cricket fan like me what with the Australians being over and my team Notts winning the 40 over one day competition.

It’s been an odd season for Notts though as they have hardly been able to win a County Championship 1st Division match for toffee yet have been very successful in the shorter form of the game. Thanks to Derbyshire getting badly beaten in their last game of the County Championship season and Notts gaining their umpteenth draw we survived to fight another season in the 1st Division.

It was great to Lancashire gaining promotion from the 2nd Division despite them surprisingly losing their last match. In fact it was their only defeat in the County Championship 2nd Division this year and promotion was already assured.

It would be great if when next year’s fixtures come out that Lancs V Notts could be at Birkdale but maybe that is wishing too much. Just to get any County Championship at Birkdale may well be struggle, but let’s hope.

The 'Square' at Southport Cricket Ground

The ‘Square’ at Southport Cricket Ground