Full name John Lyon
Born May 17, 1951, St Helens, Lancashire
Died January 1, 2010, Krugersdorp, Gauteng (aged 58 years 229 days)
Major teams Lancashire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class span||1973 - 1979|
|List A span||1973 - 1979|
John 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.
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean