Athol Fulwood

Athol Fulwood

Life Member 1985
Athol Fulwood

Athol came to the club from the country via the Annual Country Week Carnival and went on to play 138 innings in First Grade scoring a total of 3078 runs at an average of 24.82 with 9 centuries and a highest score of 146. This placed Athol as the 14th highest of the Clubs First Grade scorers at the time of retiring from First grade. Athol went on to score many more runs in 2nd grade before retiring in 1980.

Until the 1982/83 season, Athol (127 in 403 minutes) shared with Des Bull, the clubs record partnership for the second wicket, a partnership of 287 scored against Western Suburbs in the First Grade Final in 1961/62. That record stood for 21 seasons and the partnership became the highest First Grade partnership since 1925.

As a cricketer, Athol was imperturbable, always cool and calm and collected, and completely dedicated to the Club and to his batting.

Following his retirement in 1980 Athol joined the QCA Umpires Association and quickly rose to First Grade before going on to umpire at First Class level. Athol became the Club’s official recording officer and continued in the role until his retirement in 2011.

Even up to his retirement, Athol continued to record the Statistics of every player in the club for the Annual Report with naught but a pencil and paper. Those following in his footsteps have the distinct advantage of electronic means and are amazed at the incredible amount of work it must have been to perform manually.

Athol was awarded a small trophy to acknowledge his 50 years of service to the club. A much valued contribution for which the club is very grateful.