For half a century Peter Mountford has dedicated his life to the Scarborough Cricket Club. This Saturday at Abbett Park the quietly spoken clubman is being rightfully honoured upon his milestone, with the Life Member continuing to give his time to the club he loves.
Mountford joined the Gulls in 1967 as a 15-year-old and hasn’t looked back since, with fellow Scarborough Life Member John Davis describing the stalwart as the "heart and soul” of the club.
"It’s not always the champs and very best of players that play the role that Peter has,” Davis says.
"People like Peter are just the heart and soul of the club.
"He just loves the game and loves the club.”
Mountford’s playing days followed in the seniors, where he served as the Fourth Grade captain for a number of years, before filling committee roles post retirement.
"The only role he hasn’t fulfilled is the President and on the roller,” Davis jokes.
"He has been a selector and the longest serving First Grade scorer the club has ever had.
"Whilst in that role he has scored for all of the premierships, except the first in 1977.”
Following his contribution to the club, the scorers' and trophy room was named after Peter in recognition of his efforts, with this weekend’s afternoon tea from 4pm inside the Peter Wearne Pavilion an acknowledgement for 50 years of service.
"We expect a big crowd to join us, to honour him and rededicate the room to him,” Davis says.
"In Peter’s normal manner, he is probably a little shy about the day but looking forward to seeing all the old faces to shake his hand again.”
Mountford has been the linchpin behind the success of the club not only on the field but also behind the scenes, with his passion for the Gulls unmatched around Abbett Park.
"He is probably one of the foundation stones if you consider him and people like Peter Wearne,” he says.
"They have always been prepared to serve regardless of what role that is.
"They always have the club in mind and the club at heart.”