MORE than 30 years ago, cricket fan Jack Wolfenden popped into the football stadium next to Ramsbottom CC and asked Ramsbottom United chairman Harry Williams if he could lend a hand doing any odd jobs.

That was a request he has probably regretted many times since. ‘Just about every job going’ must have been the reply, for in those intervening years that is exactly what Jack has undertaken.

Devoting and marking out the pitch, painting and repairing the stadium, kit washing, selling match programmes and becoming known as the country’s oldest ball boy are just a few of the many jobs Jack has undertaken with enthusiasm.

However, now well within his 80s, Jack has finally called it a day.

In recognition of his dedication and devotion to both Ramsbottom United and Ramsbottom Cricket Club, a presentation took place in the cricket club on Sunday when the chairmen of both organisations, Harry Williams and Rod Hamer, presented Jack with a retirement gift and a set of binoculars in recognition of the way Jack undertook all his volunteering.