John Lyon 1951-2009

Former Lancashire keeper John Lyon dies

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January 4, 2010

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John Lyon, the former Lancashire wicket keeper, died in South Africa over the Christmas holidays. He was 58.

Lyon played 84 matches for Lancashire between 1973 and 1979, initially as a replacement for Farokh Engineer before becoming the first choice for his last three seasons, taking 159 catches and making 12 stumpings. Although he was a limited lower-order batsman, he did score a first-class hundred against Warwickshire in 1979 along with Bob Ratcliffe, who also made his only first-class century.

Lyon then had a marked impact on Irish cricket, initially with Bangor and then Clontarf where he proved highly successful as a coach.

He subsequently emigrated to South Africa where he ran a sports bar while continuing to coach.

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