Gordon Brindley was straight out of my era – a man more suited to a gentler age, where face-to-face relationships were all-important and screens were used to sight a cricket ball rather than stare at all day.
Not that Gordon was an anachronism. After all, he had been president of Moseley Cricket Club – one of the West Midlands’ most renowned amateur sporting institutions – for more than a quarter of a century.
Gordon, who was still president at the age of 82 at the time of his recent death, was in his element in convivial company – a man after my own heart. He enjoyed long lunches, entertaining chat – the conversations could revolve around anything from his beloved cricket to the region’s business world, the declining state of his cherished newspapers (he was a true print fan) to the varying qualities of real ale.
Much as I enjoyed taking claret and ale with my contemporaries in those early days of the Chamber of Commerce, Gordon liked nothing more than sharpening his acute business acumen with the added edge of a few pints of real ale in suitably traditional pub surroundings.
With his great friend, former Wolverhampton PR guru David Cooper often in tandem at the bar, Gordon could wax lyrical on a lifetime of business and cricketing memories, from his days as an accountant in Birmingham at Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) to his time as company secretary at international Wolverhampton heating and ventilation firm Andrews Group (later Andrews Sykes) and subsequently finance director at David Cooper PR.
He knew everybody at Moseley CC – and a huge number of people connected with the Birmingham League, where the skill levels were often approaching county cricket standard – and retained a lifelong interest in the comings and goings of the West Midlands business world. When he wasn’t following his beloved Moseley home and away in the Birmingham League, he could be found in the summer at Edgbaston, cheering on Warwickshire.
Extraordinarily, Gordon had been associated with Moseley CC for more than 65 years, initially as a tricky spinner during a successful playing career to committee member, treasurer and president since 1994. Next Tuesday, May 19, club members will raise their bats in tribute to the man during a special cortege around the ground at Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, marking his passing.
Mourners will gather from noon to remember a president who would sometimes serve behind the club bar to help out. Gordon Brindley was that sort of character.
I shall be there in spirit, remembering a man who was as happy in the boardroom as he was running up to the crease to bowl.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday 19th May 2020 at 12.30 p.m..
Current restrictions prevent more than ten people being present but arrangements have been made for the funeral cortege to travel a circuit of the club grounds in order that members and others may pay their respects.
We ask that anyone attending be present on the ground by 12 noon at the latest – parking arrangements will be in place and social distancing must be observed.
Scorer’s Cricket Ground on Streetsbrook Road in Shirley has been home to Moseley Cricket Club for over 50 years.
Moseley Cricket Club was one of the founders of the Birmingham and District Cricket League – the oldest cricket league in the world.
Moseley were the John Haig National Knock Out Cricket Champions in 1980 and Natwest National Indoor Six-A-Side Cricket Champions in 1991.
The Cricket Club has enjoyed considerable success being multiple champions of the Birmingham and District Cricket League, Warwickshire Sunday League and the Warwick Trophy.