Tributes to Stacksteads Cricket Club stalwart Stuart Beardsworth

TRIBUTES have been paid to the president of Stacksteads Cricket Club who has died aged 66.

Stuart Beardsworth died after suffering liver and kidney failure in Royal Blackburn Hospital on Thursday morning.

The club’s 2nd XI captain, Dougie Tattersall, said he was ‘a stalwart at the club for almost two decades’.

Having spent most of his career as a player for Oswaldtwistle Immanuel CC, he joined the Stacksteads club when he moved to his home in Gresham Street in Waterfoot 20 years ago.

Mr Beardsworth’s son, Bryan, also a former player at Stacksteads, said sport was his father’s life.

Bryan, 32, said: “He was a fantastic father and great man. Many people benefited from his words of wisdom and enthusiasm, especially in their sporting careers.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with the messages I’ve received.”

Mr Beardsworth, who had been president for the past two years, was also a Ribblesdale League umpire and played representative cricket for the Lancashire Fire Service, where he worked for more than 20 years.

As well as being a passionate Rossendale United FC fan until their recent demise, he held a Blackburn Rovers season ticket for 30 years, and followed the England cricket team on tours to Australia and the West Indies.

Ron Ashworth, Stacksteads CC’s league representative, described Mr Beardsworth as a ‘solid friend and a forceful batsman’.

He said: “Stuart took on his duties as president with great enthusiasm. He attended every first XI game and he will be sadly missed.”

Mr Tattersall added: “He was a character. He pitched in and helped with everything, from training to groundsman duties. He was almost like a team manager at times.”

Mr Beardsworth’s funeral takes place at Accrington Crematorium on November 16 at 2.20pm, followed by a gathering at Waterfoot Conservative Club where he was a member.

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8:08pm Sun 11 Nov 12

happiness says...

Ok, here goes. Hope these words are adequate enough and if any of Stuart's family and many friends have the chance read them, then I can only hope that they do justice to him too. I know a lot of Stuart's friends knew him through his many involvements with cricket and during his time with the fire brigade, but my own was through supporting Rovers. It was because of this, that just over 30 years ago I met and got to know him and ended up attending hundreds of home and away games with him. Supporting Rovers, as is the case with many football clubs, a trying experience at times and there has been, more often than not, more thin than thick to endure over the years as it were. But knowing and supporting the club with Stuart throughout this time has been a huge saving grace especially during those lean years. His welcome down to Earth approach to life, sense of humour, tales and anecdotes and his excellence in joke telling have allways been a highlight during the time I spent with him attending games and the many rock concerts we went to together. Hearing that he passed away is, for me personally and i'm sure for those who knew him too, the typical double edged sword. The sadness we currently feel is balanced out in some way by the gladness we feel for the fact that we knew him and that he enriched and played such a positive part in our lives. I know it can sound a bit cliched to say that when we lose someone that we know and love, it leaves a hole in our lives that can never be filled, but i'm not going to apologise for saying that Stuart is leaving a huge, gaping one. They broke the mould with this one. There simply aren't enough characrers in the world for my liking. I wish there were but there aren't. The world is a wonderful place, but it would be even more wonderful with more Stuarts in it........!!! No chance of you ever being forgotten mate. Absolutely no chance!!!
Ok, here goes. Hope these words are adequate enough and if any of Stuart's family and many friends have the chance read them, then I can only hope that they do justice to him too. I know a lot of Stuart's friends knew him through his many involvements with cricket and during his time with the fire brigade, but my own was through supporting Rovers. It was because of this, that just over 30 years ago I met and got to know him and ended up attending hundreds of home and away games with him. Supporting Rovers, as is the case with many football clubs, a trying experience at times and there has been, more often than not, more thin than thick to endure over the years as it were. But knowing and supporting the club with Stuart throughout this time has been a huge saving grace especially during those lean years. His welcome down to Earth approach to life, sense of humour, tales and anecdotes and his excellence in joke telling have allways been a highlight during the time I spent with him attending games and the many rock concerts we went to together. Hearing that he passed away is, for me personally and i'm sure for those who knew him too, the typical double edged sword. The sadness we currently feel is balanced out in some way by the gladness we feel for the fact that we knew him and that he enriched and played such a positive part in our lives. I know it can sound a bit cliched to say that when we lose someone that we know and love, it leaves a hole in our lives that can never be filled, but i'm not going to apologise for saying that Stuart is leaving a huge, gaping one. They broke the mould with this one. There simply aren't enough characrers in the world for my liking. I wish there were but there aren't. The world is a wonderful place, but it would be even more wonderful with more Stuarts in it........!!! No chance of you ever being forgotten mate. Absolutely no chance!!! happiness

8:11pm Sun 11 Nov 12

happiness says...

Ok, here goes. Hope these words are adequate enough and if any of Stuart's family and many friends have the chance read them, then I can only hope that they do justice to him too. I know a lot of Stuart's friends knew him through his many involvements with cricket and during his time with the fire brigade, but my own was through supporting Rovers. It was because of this, that just over 30 years ago I met and got to know him and ended up attending hundreds of home and away games with him. Supporting Rovers, as is the case with many football clubs, a trying experience at times and there has been, more often than not, more thin than thick to endure over the years as it were. But knowing and supporting the club with Stuart throughout this time has been a huge saving grace especially during those lean years. His welcome down to Earth approach to life, sense of humour, tales and anecdotes and his excellence in joke telling have allways been a highlight during the time I spent with him attending games and the many rock concerts we went to together. Hearing that he passed away is, for me personally and i'm sure for those who knew him too, the typical double edged sword. The sadness we currently feel is balanced out in some way by the gladness we feel for the fact that we knew him and that he enriched and played such a positive part in our lives. I know it can sound a bit cliched to say that when we lose someone that we know and love, it leaves a hole in our lives that can never be filled, but i'm not going to apologise for saying that Stuart is leaving a huge, gaping one. They broke the mould with this one. There simply aren't enough characrers in the world for my liking. I wish there were but there aren't. The world is a wonderful place, but it would be even more wonderful with more Stuarts in it........!!! No chance of you ever being forgotten mate. Absolutely no chance!!!
Ok, here goes. Hope these words are adequate enough and if any of Stuart's family and many friends have the chance read them, then I can only hope that they do justice to him too. I know a lot of Stuart's friends knew him through his many involvements with cricket and during his time with the fire brigade, but my own was through supporting Rovers. It was because of this, that just over 30 years ago I met and got to know him and ended up attending hundreds of home and away games with him. Supporting Rovers, as is the case with many football clubs, a trying experience at times and there has been, more often than not, more thin than thick to endure over the years as it were. But knowing and supporting the club with Stuart throughout this time has been a huge saving grace especially during those lean years. His welcome down to Earth approach to life, sense of humour, tales and anecdotes and his excellence in joke telling have allways been a highlight during the time I spent with him attending games and the many rock concerts we went to together. Hearing that he passed away is, for me personally and i'm sure for those who knew him too, the typical double edged sword. The sadness we currently feel is balanced out in some way by the gladness we feel for the fact that we knew him and that he enriched and played such a positive part in our lives. I know it can sound a bit cliched to say that when we lose someone that we know and love, it leaves a hole in our lives that can never be filled, but i'm not going to apologise for saying that Stuart is leaving a huge, gaping one. They broke the mould with this one. There simply aren't enough characrers in the world for my liking. I wish there were but there aren't. The world is a wonderful place, but it would be even more wonderful with more Stuarts in it........!!! No chance of you ever being forgotten mate. Absolutely no chance!!! happiness

6:31pm Mon 12 Nov 12

johncudley says...

One particular memory I have is the night before the League Cup final, in 2002, a group of us were staying in a pub just outside Cardiff, and having arrived early, we thought we'd have a quick scoop in the pub bar, before heading off out for food and beer.That of course never happenned as we settled in for a good session, and a laugh with friends. At one point, as the beers were going down too well, myself, and John Hawke were having a heated debate over something and nothing, and John unfortunately got a little over excited, and the atmosphere started to change slightly. In the interests of harmony, Stuart, who hadn't left his seat at the bar since first arriving, had listened intently to the content of the argument, and being diplomatic, hadn't wished to interfere up to this point, but realising the direction the argument was going in, and his proximity to Johns backside, proceeding to gently lift one leg, and without spilling a drop, planted it firmly on Johns backside, sending him flying. Debate over, and Stuart who we classed as friend and to some extent father figure, helped get the night back on track (John and I kissed and made up the next day, and Rovers won 2-1, so all was well in the end). Top bloke, and good joke teller, I didn't know Stuart as well as some, but I'll always have fond memories
One particular memory I have is the night before the League Cup final, in 2002, a group of us were staying in a pub just outside Cardiff, and having arrived early, we thought we'd have a quick scoop in the pub bar, before heading off out for food and beer.That of course never happenned as we settled in for a good session, and a laugh with friends. At one point, as the beers were going down too well, myself, and John Hawke were having a heated debate over something and nothing, and John unfortunately got a little over excited, and the atmosphere started to change slightly. In the interests of harmony, Stuart, who hadn't left his seat at the bar since first arriving, had listened intently to the content of the argument, and being diplomatic, hadn't wished to interfere up to this point, but realising the direction the argument was going in, and his proximity to Johns backside, proceeding to gently lift one leg, and without spilling a drop, planted it firmly on Johns backside, sending him flying. Debate over, and Stuart who we classed as friend and to some extent father figure, helped get the night back on track (John and I kissed and made up the next day, and Rovers won 2-1, so all was well in the end). Top bloke, and good joke teller, I didn't know Stuart as well as some, but I'll always have fond memories johncudley

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