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January 4, 2010
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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