September 27, 2001

Gil Langley hounoured

A new Function Room on the 3rd Level of the Bradman Stand at Adelaide Oval has been named the Gil Langley Room.

While a number of prominent people who have made a contribution to sport, sport administration and Adelaide Oval were considered, there was a unanimous decision by the SACA Board in the naming of the new room.

Gil, who died recently, made his first class debut for South Australia in 1945-46 as a specialist batsman and donned the gloves during the 1947-48 season. He was selected for Australia as wicket-keeper in the 1951-52 series against the West Indies, and played regularly for Australia until 1956. He was recognised as one of five "Cricketers of the year" by Wisden in 1957.

Gil was also a successful footballer, who played for, and captained Sturt, as well as South Australia. He entered politics and became the Member for Unley for 20 years, he was also elected as the Speaker of the House.