All connected with Ellon Gordon Cricket Club were deeply saddened to learn of the death after a short illness of their President, Hayden Barrett, on Monday morning.
Hayden had been President of Ellon Cricket Club since 2008 as well as holding many other positions throughout his 40 year connection with the Club.
It was back in 1975 that Hayden first joined, playing mostly for the 2nd xi in the earlier years with the occasional appearance in the 1st XI, until 1980 when, because of his work commitments, he moved to Shetland where he was to spend the next three years before reappearing on the scene in season 1984.
On his return to the Club he was to take over the wicket keeping duties for the 1st XI a position he was to hold down on a more regular basis until his retirement from playing in 2004.
On the playing front one of his happiest moments was captaining the 2nd XI to the Reserve Grade Championship in 1980 followed by being part of the 1986 team who won the Small Clubs Cup for the first time in the Clubs history.
During his earlier years with the Club he won the 2nd XI batting trophy in 1978 and again in 1979.
He was also the first winner of the Barrett Jug in 1980.
Off the field of play Hayden did his fair share of duties for the Club being Secretary from 1987- 2000 then again for a short time in 2003 -07.
He also took over the duties of coaching Juniors from 2001-2009.
All the time from the moment he became Secretary until the present he has been a member of the Management Committee.
During that time he has twice been awarded the Clubman of the Year for his services to the Club.
He also for a number of years set and asked the questions at the Clubs annual quiz at the start of the season.
So it’s safe to say that he will be sadly missed by all involved with the Club because of his involvement whether it be on the field or off all these past years.
He has of course had the added pleasure of enjoying the exploits of son Jonathan who has been by far the player of the Club virtually from the time he started playing.
The Club’s thoughts at this sad time are with Sue, Julie and Jonathan as well as the extended family.