Crawford passes away
Former Yorkshire chairman and treasurer Michael Crawford, who had a long association with the White Rose, has died aged 92.
Crawford was treasurer for 30 years from 1963 and chairman for three years from 1980. His reign as chairman ended as a direct result of the club’s decision after the 1983 season to sack Geoff Boycott.
The consequence of this action was the calling of a special general meeting, at which a vote of no confidence in the general committee succeeded and Boycott was reinstated. Crawford consequently stood down as chairman.
A member of Yorkshire’s general committee from 1954 to 1983, he was a club trustee from 1963 to 1985, elected a vice-president in 1979 and made an honorary life member in 1983.
Crawford was a well-organised batsman who played for Yorkshire Second XI from 1947 to 1953, captained them in 1951 and was joint-captain with Ronnie Burnet in 1952. He led the first team once, during 1951 in Norman Yardley’s absence as Worcestershire won a thriller by eight wickets at Scarborough.
Crawford was invited to captain Yorkshire on a permanent basis in 1958, but turned the job down because of business commitments. He died on Sunday.