Oswestry Cricket Club have honoured a late respected journalist and chairman at the club in a new appeal.

Mike Robinson, who worked as a journalist at the Advertizer and was the chairman at the cricket club, died last September after a short illness.

In his memory, the club have launched the Mike Robinson Appeal.

President of the club John Hume said: “We are proud to announce the launch of the Mike Robinson Appeal, in memory of our late chairman who sadly passed away last September.

“His contribution to the club, in particular, and local sport in general was fantastic.

“He has left a lasting legacy.”

Mike served as a player, club captain and chairman, and was associated with the club for more than 45 years.

As a tribute to Robbo, the main function room within the clubhouse has now been renamed the Mike Robinson Suite.

The appeal is taking on the task of recording the club’s achievements in pictures and words – an idea suggested by Mike before his untimely death.

Hulme said: “To record and celebrate our long and distinguished history, which dates back to 1855, we are planning to chronicle the club’s achievement in pictures and in word .

“This was Mike’s idea and we are keen to carry out his wishes.

“In conjunction with this celebration of cricket, by the kind permission of Oswestry Sports Forum, we aim to replicate the Forum’s Hall of Fame.

“This includes a number of successful sportspeople such as Everton footballer and World Cup hero Alan Ball, golfer and winner of the US Masters Ian Woosnam, England and Warwickshire batsman Andy Lloyd and international gymnast and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ian Thomas.”

Mike had close connections with the OSF, and a number of its inductees featured in his wonderfully-written sports column in the Tizer.

The club are hoping to display a small selection of Robbo’s writings on the display that will be put up in the clubhouse.

Hulme added: “We very much hope this gallery of local sporting achievement, together with accompanying citations, will be enjoyed by members of the community and our many visitors to the club.

“All donations to this project, however small, will be gratefully received.”

n Any cheques for the Mike Robinson Appeal should be made payable to Oswestry Cricket Club Ltd.