Past League President – Roy Smith, Copley Cricket Club
Roy Smith was a driving force behind the Halifax Cricket League and the development of local cricket for nearly half a century and was League President from 1971 until 1988.
Roy died in 1997 having been a member of Copley Cricket Club for seventy years. As a player, Roy was a top quality wicketkeeper and aggressive opening batsman. He won the Copley fielding prize no less than ten times, a club record, and claimed the batting prize on seven occasions. He was Copley Cricket Club’s Chairman from 1955 until 1965 and President between 1965 and 1997.
Roy’s contribution to local cricket was immeasurable and his influence without question. During his leadership, the League began to establish itself in a Yorkshire context and Roy was well known in County circles. He was also responsible for establishing the Halifax Junior Cricket League. He was an inspirational character to many generations of local cricket players and supporters, during a life that was devoted to Copley Cricket Club, the development of local cricket and the Halifax Cricket League. In Halifax he was known as ‘Mr Cricket’; in Yorkshire he was known as ‘Mr Halifax’.