David J. Emmott
13th October 1948 – 16th May 2022
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Club stalwart David Emmott – Honorary Life Member, 1st XI and 2nd XI team Captain, Junior Coach, Club Chairman, Groundsman and Club Trustee.
Dave was proudly a “one club man”, having played all his career for Steeton – from juniors through to seniors. His senior playing career spanned 36 years – from 1964 until his retirement in 2000.
On the field Dave was a warrior, determined to win matches for his club. No more so when facing his arch enemies across the river! He was 1st XI skipper from 1973-1979, 1981 & 1983…and when he dropped down to the 2nd XI he also captained them in 1988 & 1998.
Dave was a nimble-footed opening batsman, whose quick reactions meant he felt most comfortable pulling on the back-foot. He scored 9,733 runs including 6 centuries and won the Club’s batting prize 6 times, as well as the 2nd XI league batting award in 1987. All very impressive in the days of uncovered pitches.
Dave was also a canny bowler, who bowled nippy medium-paced darts before turning to spin. He collected 263 wickets and won the Club’s bowling award 3 times. Adding to his cricketing all-rounder status Dave was a specialist gully fielder, who took 112 catches for the Club.
Off the field Dave held positions as a junior coach, groundsman and was the Club’s chairman from 1994-1998 and again in 2004-2008.
Dave was a great character and has been a familiar face at the club for decades. He always had the clubs future at the forefront of his thoughts. His contribution over this time is immeasurable, and he will be sadly missed by us all.