NORTH Staffordshire cricket is in mourning for one of its greatest contributors - as a player, coach, administrator and umpire.
Stan Trafford, who has passed away aged 74, devoted more than 60 years service to his home town club Leek.
He was an outstanding player who represented Staffordshire in the minor counties and in the Gillette Cup.
While a coach for both Leek and Staffordshire U19s he used his expertise to guide a number of youngsters into careers at first-class and international level.
Leek chairman Brian Mellor told The Sentinel's Chris Travers: "The word 'stalwart' comes to mind when you think of Stan.
"He played junior cricket for the club and moved his way through, serving on the committee, being the secretary, and in later years still watching games home and away.
"He also had his Staffordshire and league roles and there were not many hats he didn't wear in local cricket.
"As a player he was a dogged determined opening batsman and formed a great partnership with Derek Farmer".
Brian added: People like Stan are not made any more - those who serve one club throughout their life. We have lost someone who you can't replace.
"Stan's goal was always to leave the cricket club in a better position than when he inherited it. That was his mission and he certainly achieved that."
Stan was also a talented footballer who played for Port Vale, Macclesfield Town, Eastwood Hanley and Leek Town.