Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club falls victim to virus

David Hodgkiss

A businessman who was also chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club has died after contracting Coronavirus.

David Hodgkiss, who was 71, had been on the board Old Trafford for 22 years and had underlying health issues.

He took over as chairman of the club three years ago from Michael Cairns.

He played a key role in the redevelopment of the cricket ground over the last 10 years.

Having previously served as treasurer and vice-chairman he played a major role in the renovation of Old Trafford.

This included the construction of The Point and the raising of £9m of funding for the new Hilton hotel.

A statement from the club said: “Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE.

“David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman.

“He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world.

“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family.

“A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.”

Mr Hodgkiss was chief executive of steel manufacturer the William Hare Group.

He was awarded the OBE for services to manufacturing and exporting.

Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, said: “David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county.

“He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and Its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time.”