Park legend reaches 80 not out
Thursday 25th May 2017
Birkenhead Park legend, Tony Shillinglaw, becomes an octogenarian today.
Apart from one season when he played at Sefton, the former Cheshire all rounder has spent all his cricketing life at Birkenhead Park CC.
He was a member of the all conquering side that won the Liverpool Competition six times in seven years in the 60s and, after captaining Park's 2nd XI for a spell in the 80s, returned to 1st XI duty to win the league again in 1986 and 1988.
Tony played until 4th August 2012 when, aged 75, he chose to draw the curtain on his illustrious career by playing his last match for Birkenhead Park's 3rd XI alongside his grandson, Daniel, at Sefton*. The picture above shows him being applauded from the pitch by the Sefton players after he had hit the winning run to give Park victory by five wickets. Tony's contribution to the match was 6 not out and 5-2-10-0.
Tony's time now is spent coaching Park's youngsters at the club's indoor school.
During the last few years, Tony has also spent time putting his theory about Don Bradman's batting into print and also demonstrating it on the indoor school's 'Bradman Wall'.
Tony, a tee totaller, will spend this evening at Rake Lane watching his beloved Birkenhead Park take on New Brighton in the second round of the Liverpool Echo Knockout Trophy, and hopefully celebrate his team's win with the customary 'pint of orange juice'.
Well wishers may wish to write to Tony here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHILLY !!!!
* it can't be very often that a grandfather and grandson play in the same team.
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