This morning the club received the extremely sad news that Davey Graham had passed away last night.
Davey had been a member of the club he loved since 1970 and had been an ever present figure at Blackfyne since the day he joined. At first when he joined, he formed part of the 2nd X1 in the 70s as a playing member before becoming more involved behind the scenes. At a time when the club did not have any junior sides, Davey took it to task to put this right. Many of our senior playing members, some of whom have now retired, will have fond memories of the countless hours Davey put in to help them achieve their goals of becoming cricketers.
Davey was a captain of the 3rd X1 to start off the integration of junior players into the senior teams at the club, a wonderful 1st X1 scorer and most recently part of the team of gents who kept our Blackfyne ground looking so resplendent. He also served as Durham 2nd X1 scorer for quite some time as his attention to detail, knowledge of the game and finesse made for excellent reading in the scorebooks.
The club are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and would like to offer our condolences to all of his friends and family. His warmth and enthusiasm will be a huge miss to them and ourselves. Rest In Peace Davey.
The club also learned that during December, Joan Topham had also passed away. Joan was the wife of Eric who many in the local cricket and football circuits would have known fondly. After Eric's death in 2013, Joan took to supporting local cricket and football teams in memory of her late husband.
At Consett, we have the Eric Topham Trophy which Joan was the sponsor of which takes place on an annual basis at her request. We offer out condolences to friends and family of Joan who will deeply miss her kind heart and generosity. Rest In Peace Joan.