Date: 24th Oct 2021
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ANDREW FINNEY RAINHILL CC FIRST TEAM SCORER 1971-2021 - AND STILL GOING STRONG!

Date: 8th September 2021

ANDREW FINNEY  RAINHILL CC FIRST TEAM SCORER 1971-2021 - AND STILL GOING STRONG!

Rainhill CC has a double reason to celebrate this summer.

The Club reaches the milestone of 150 years old and one of its most popular characters Andrew Finney marks 50 seasons as the first team scorer. His association with the club stretches back to his late father Harry - himself a long-standing treasurer of the club - bringing Andrew down as a teenager.

In his early years with the club, he did ‘don the whites’ but his true passion has always been in the scorebox.

Andrew is a significant figure in the club and is known for his friendliness, loyalty, and reliability. He predominately scores for the first team, hardly missing any matches and steps in to score for all teams in the club. Andrew enthusiastically carries out the scorer’s role on an unpaid basis and gives up his free time to get involved with all activities in the club. We see Andrew as an ambassador for the club and he enjoys the interaction with fellow scorers during matches. He is highly respected by all the members in the club and enjoys a couple of ‘shandies’ after matches.

With the club reaching 150 years old and reflecting on its history Andrew is a valuable source of memory and stories. He has diplomatically answered questions about his views on “best teams” and “best players” over his 50 years. Andrew has always been keen to praise but never critical.   He has seen the club move across five league competitions over his five decades and now sits proudly in the Premier League of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition. So many teams and players are astonished to be told of Andrews commitment and longevity in scoring for the team.

President of the Club Peter Mercer who has known Andrew really well since the mid 1970’s said ‘we are immensely proud of Andrew’s superb achievement, and we are very lucky to have such a fantastic person volunteering for us for so long’

Andrew has no desire to hang up his scoring boots and is setting his sights on hitting a much bigger score than 50 not out.

The club is currently planning for a new scorebox and there is little doubt we already have the perfect the name for it!

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