February 14, 2010

One final tour for lifetime cricket fan

Liam Brickhill

Stanley Johnson spent a lifetime touring the world watching cricket, and after he died watching a match in New Zealand in December - his 230th overseas Test – he will be going on one final ashes tour, as his friends scatter his remains at his 12 favourite grounds around the world."Stan had no real home,” said Anthony Robinson, a friend. “He just travelled the world watching cricket."

Johnson, 72, left money for friends to visit grounds around the world with his ashes and their tour will include his home town of Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Old Trafford, The Oval, Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Wankhede in Mumbai, Premadasa in Colombo, the Basin Reserve in Wellington, the Sydney Cricket Ground, St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth, Harare Sports Club and Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad. Johnson, a former accountant, also included money in his will for friends to have "a locally-brewed beer" while wearing Stan Johnson Ashes Tour T-shirts at each stage of the journey.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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