Yorkhull CC

There is no mistaking the Lancastrian in this man. A dour and droll manner marks ROY 'SID' SIDDALL as a Bury man, born on 18 April 1955. Was all the more remarkable that he should do impressions of a 'wild man'during a game of charadesin  the Webbington Bar on our first tour.
 It has been unfairly suggested that Sid achieved apeak in his fielding when 15 winning the second eleven Fielding prize for East Lancashire Paper Mill. This was not his first success though having captained his junior school side to defeat in the final of the Radcliffe schools cup against County Primary School. He went on to Grammar School where the now famous off spin action was first perfected. I have heard it claimed too that at this early stage there was batting promised too (unconfirmed-ed).
Club cricket brought him early representative honours the Saddleworth and District u19s before York University started the next stage of his career.
 From his arrival in York it was clear that this was a bowler of very great potential. The metronomic action which looked as smooth as a Rolls-Royce engine and who would bowl for hours from one end, conceding few runs and regularly picking up wickets. Despite the attributes of Chris Nolan, Richard Sainsbury or Greg Morris Sid easily became the top off spinner. In his third year in 1976 he was made captain, fitting reward for his efforts. His unique achievement was to avoid being defeated by Durham, although team of schoolboys in Edinburgh managed to get the better of his guile.
 Sid went on to become a top businessmen with Rolls-Royce, its leading storeman in its Germany office and as a result of such high powred roles and the fact that there is little cricket in Germany, he was not always able to play as regularly as the years rolled by. This has never been a problem when on tour. He has been able immediately  to slip into his smooth action and produce the goods. His batting has remained as before.................. unremarkable. He finished his playing career for Etwall and he also represented the Central Derbyshire Leagues in inter-league matches. He would be remiss of me if I did not mention his most famous batting exploit for his club neatly captured by the Derby Evening Telegraph (17th June 1988)
  Although Roy had some years as a coach his natural affability and good humour soon steered him towards working on the ground. Cricket groundsmen have an unfair reputation as grumpy, taciturn and uncooperative. These are not traits you would see with the friendly beaming face of Sid. He has now given up these duties giving him more time to collect pig memorbilia and he continues to attend our gatherings often nervously looking round him to see if Vic is there and then, if spotted, he might just run!