Back to Badgers for Allan

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THEY say a change is as good as a rest, and as former Rastrick CC secretary Allan Bottomley prepares for his final season with is old club Badger Hill, he is hoping that it will be exactly that.

“I have just gott a new pair of boots as I had completely worn the last lot out. I have to have a season in them,” said Allan.

“At the moment it is my plan to finish at the end of this season, but you never know. I will see how I feel at the end. My Dad said not to retire too early as I may regret it.”

The active house husband, who retired from teaching chemistry at Colne Valley High School, Huddersfield, just over 18 months ago, has just returned from a ski-ing trip to Flaine, near Mont Blanc in the French Alps with his wife Margaret.

On top of cricket and his hobby of ski-ing, Allan is also on two billiards teams. The season, which began in October, has just finished. He is on teams for New Hey Road Sunday School and also Brockholes in the Huddersfield League, who have just finished second.

His 25-year-old son David, who was the original reason why he moved from Badger Hill to Rastrick 16 years ago, has just this week decided to join his dad at the club.

Joining wife Margaret is their daughter Louise and they both play tennis at Park Club on Bute Road and they are also both in the Halifax Ladies Hockey Team.

Previously with Badger Hill for 27 years, before his son went up to Round Hill, Allan always knew he would go back one day and the club knew a few years ago he would be leaving.

“There is a lot of family history at Badger Hill, my dad played there and his dad before him. It is nice to know my son will carry on the tradition and the big family link.”

Just giving up the roll as secretary at Rastrick a month ago, handing the reigns to Simon Farlow, Allan has no plans to join the committee.

“That could well changed if I am conned in to it like I was at Rastrick all those years ago,” he joked.

Starting out as a batter, he became an all-rounder, but with plans to wind down it will be just bowling with a bit of batting coming out around eighth wicket down.

“They are sad to see me go (and likewise) at Rastrick, but it was always on the cards and I am very much looking forward to teaming up with some of the old faces from my previous time with the club.”