Ian Hadfield pays tribute to former member Mike Carey

Former Duffield Cricket Club chairman Ian Hadfield has paid tribute to ex-player, volunteer and umpire, Mike Carey, following his passing on Saturday 20th May.

Carey was an active volunteer at the club throughout the 1980s and 90s, during which he organised numerous charity matches featuring cricketing legends such as Colin Cowdrey, Geoff Miller, and David Steele.

He was widely renowned for his forthright views on the game and his upmost commitment to getting local cricket fixtures played.

Hadfield issued a touching statement, recalling some of his finest memories of Mike and his influence on the club.

“As well as playing in some of the charity games organised by Mike, I also had the pleasure of running the Duffield Sunday team in tandem with him. He organised the fixtures and umpired the games, and particularly enjoyed playing in Nottinghamshire, where we could stop off at Harry Ramsdens’ for fish and chips on the way home.

“Such was his enthusiasm for cricket, we would often find ourselves playing well into October!”

During the 1970s, Carey was appointed as the press officer for Derbyshire CCC, a club he remained at intermittently for two decades.

Mike’s love for cricket, however, went beyond the local game, as he travelled the globe reporting on the England national team for publications such as the Guardian, the Independent, and the Daily Telegraph.

Hadfield continued: “Mike was also well known in his later years as a DJ on BBC Radio Derby, where he played all of the old classics.

“On top of this he wrote several books, including the biography of former Derbyshire and England cricketer, Les Jackson.”

“Mike was a proper cricket man, and a great servant to both the game of cricket and Duffield Cricket Club.”

Rest In Peace, Mike Carey.