Obituary - Frederick David Dunkley
Tuesday 19th May 2020

The Liverpool Competition was shocked this morning to hear of the passing of Liverpool's Frederick David Dunkley. He was 79 years old.

David was taking his daily exercise walking around the ground at Liverpool Cricket Club (where he had been a member since 1960) with friend and former club steward John Perry yesterday afternoon when he complained of a pain in his knee. He later went home to prepare his evening meal.

This morning, David's daughter Louise paid her customary visit to her father's house and found that meal untouched on the table in the morning room and her father dead.

Born in Liverpool on 16th June 1940, David made his 1st XI début for Liverpool CC in 1960, aged 19, against St Helens Recs on 23rd April 1960.

By 1980, David's 1st XI appearances were reducing as he dropped into the 2nd XI on occasions.

His final appearance was for Liverpool's 1st XI on 5th September 1992, aged 52, when he bowed out with an unbeaten 74 against Southport and Birkdale at Trafalgar Road.

David's record on cricketarchive.com shows that he scored league 9281 runs in 399 innings for Liverpool at an average of 27.54 with 109 not out being the highest of his two centuries (103 v Southport and Birkdale on 08/06/1968, 109* at Neston on 15/05/1971). He also hit 48 fifties and took 174 catches.

He was a member of the team that were Liverpool Competition champions in 1968. He went on to be Chairman and President of the club and was also a Life Member of Colwyn Bay CC.

David also represented Cheshire four times in 1964 against Staffordshire, Northumberland (twice) and Yorkshire 2nd XI in the Minor Counties Championship.

David, and his brother Philip, were grandsons of the legendary Jack Sharp who captained Lancashire CCC and played for England as well as football for Everton and England.

The brothers ran the famous Jack Sharp's sports shop in Whitechapel, Liverpool until it was sold.

Philip, who is eleven years younger, went into another business but David continued a cricketing business, Dunkley Sports, from home supplying cricket balls to the Liverpool Competition and other leagues as well as equipment to schools in the Merseyside area.

David was on Lancashire CCC's committee for many years and at one stage was Ground Chairman and went on to be elected as a Vice President of the club. He was elected somewhat belatedly as a Vice President of the Liverpool Competition in 2020.

David had often said he had felt lonely since his wife Angela died fifteen years ago but he had friends close by.

Living just a six hit from the hallowed turf of Aigburth, David was a regular visitor on match day, passing judgement on the latest crop of Liverpool's players and reminiscing over a pint about the days of when he played in the 'Old Comp'.

David and his friends were due to celebrate his 80th birthday on the 16th June in the Dougal Room at HQ, the name given to Liverpool CC by many of the Liverpool Competition's players, but alas that is not to be.

Friends and colleagues extend their sincerest condolences to David's children, Michael and Louise, his brother Philip and their families.

Philip, whilst still in shock, has said "He was a great brother."

I think we can all echo that. David was a gentleman and a wonderful person to have known who had time for everyone. He would be the first person to say 'Hello' and shake you by the hand and offer you a drink when you walked into the club. He will be sadly missed by so many people.

There are times when you wake up in the morning hoping you don't have to write someone's obituary and David is one. You thought he would go on for ever, he was always there. But Father Time lifts his finger to all of us in time and when he says "You're out", you are. Off to join that great cricket team in the sky.

Unfortunately, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, David's funeral will only be attended by his close relatives.