Sad news...Dan Davies

Sad news...Dan Davies

By Shelagh Entwisle
20 September
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It is with great sadness that we reflect on passing of one of our HLM's , Dan Davies, who died this week.

See funeral arrangements - below

Sad news this week and please take a moment to read a thoughts from our TSC President Nick Burnett about Dan Davies one of our long standing club members and Honorary Life Member. Take a moment to find out more or reflect on one of those ordinary people who've done extraordinary things to make our club what it is today.

Many newer members or younger members might not have known Dan or heard of him - but everyone playing or using the club this weekend has Dan and his small group of committee members for making us the club we are today. We play on ATP at our club (not off site) due to the vision and courage in the mid 1980's to bring us our first ATP and Dan was central to this - and not even a hockey player !

Dan and fellow members helped lay the foundations for the club we are today #oneclubfoursports with some of the best on-site facilities in the North West and North of any member run and owned Club. This vision and energy to get that first pitch paid when everyone was still playing on grass or shale laid the foundations for hockey to grow as the only club with #twopitches on site. Hockey send their condolences and thoughts to Dan's family.

TO ALL MEMBERS......message from Nick Burnett, TSC President

It is with great sadness that we must record the passing of one of our Honorary Life Members, Dan Davies, who died on Wednesday 18th September.

Originally, Dan was from the West Midlands where he played professional football as a Goalkeeper for West Bromwich Albion FC. He moved to Timperley in the mid-sixties and joined Timperley Cricket Club, playing as wicket keeper for the 3rd XI for many seasons.

However, it was as our Club Secretary for twelve years between 1978 and 1990 that Dan’s contribution to the club had a massive impact on everyone still playing today. He was part of a small team who were at the centre of the management of our club then, who looked beyond their chosen sport and foresaw the potential of artificial turf pitches within a multi-sport community club environment.

With others, Dan was instrumental in the first artificial turf pitch being laid around 1986 – Timperley being the first Hockey club outside of London to have such a facility. Older club members will recall it was affectionately known as the ‘boneshaker’ because it had no shock-pad.

Dan knew football and was friends with many former players. These contacts enabled him to build a second career and he became a sporting memorabilia expert at Bonhams auctioneers in Chester.

Dan’s business sense enabled the club to start hiring out its facilities, so raising additional income and re-investing in our facilities, a principle that has served us very well since that time. He was critical to the playing success and to the facilities we share today.

Our sincere condolences go to Val and their family.

Nick Burnett
Timperley Sports Club

Funeral arrangements

The funeral will be held on FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER at ALTRINCHAM CREMATORIUM at 10.30am…….and then afterwards back at TIMPERLEY SPORTS CLUB from 11.45 am.

Val and Rachel have asked me to point out that dress code will be casual, with the option to wear the Wolves football colours of Gold and Black if you so desire. Family flowers only please, but any donations may be made to Dementia UK or Parkinson’s UK and these will be accepted at the funeral or may be made via the funeral directors, Anne Blyth of Urmston.

In order to assist with catering arrangements we would be grateful if you could indicate whether you are likely to attend on Friday by dropping a quick response to Colin at the Club email address.

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