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Stanley Allen pictured here with Imran Khan (image courtesy of The Argus)

Sussex County Cricket Club is saddened to learn of the recent death of Stanley Allen MBE, who passed away last month at Worthing Hospital, aged 95.

Stanley was a Vice President of the Club having served as Secretary – now the equivalent of the Chief Executive role – between 1976 and 1980. He was one of the first voices of cricket in the County having also been a commentator at Radio Brighton.

Aside from his involvement in the sport, he was well known for his extensive campaigning for nature and conservation in Sussex, and had been a resident of nearby Shoreham-by-Sea for thirty years. Stanley visited the Sussex Cricket World Museum last year and donated items of memorabilia to the Club.

John Barclay, former Sussex Captain and Current Board Member said “At the time Stanley arrived at Hove in late 1975, Sussex Cricket was at a bit of a low ebb and he breathed a breath of fresh air into the management and the team. He was a commercial moderniser and was well respected by the playing staff and also the various committees on which he sat. Stanley served the club especially well during the Kerry Packer World Series in 1977 and handled the negotiations that took place with great delicacy. By the time he returned to his legal work in Brighton in 1980 he had served the club with great distinction and his humour and ability was much missed by the players, members and everyone connected with the club.”

Mr Allen’s funeral took place at St Mary’s Church in Shoreham on Monday 6th January where John spoke on behalf of Sussex in tribute. Other former players were also present.

Everyone at the Club would like to send their condolences to Mr Allen’s family and friends.

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