In my most recent posting I mentioned that Michael Carney was in hospital in Sunderland. Sadly since then I have received the news that Mick died on Saturday night. He would have been seventy next week. Mick, a retired teacher was a member of both Durham and Middlesex County Clubs and it was at The Riverside where I had most contact with him, usually finding time to assess the prospects for play before he took his regular seat on the members' balcony. This photograph taken at Lord's in September 2016 shows Mick, right, chatting with my friends John Fisher, centre, and John Gawthrope.
Mick taught at the same school in Peterlee for 39 years until his retirement in 2008. Prominent in union activities he rose to be President of NASUWT. Mick was a talented artist and his portraits of Geoff Cook and Paul Collingwood hang in the Long Room at The Riverside. I and many others will miss his presence in that room when the 2018 season comes along. I will post details of the funeral arrangements when I have them.