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Alfred Goldman (Winterstoke 1934-38)

Alfred Goldman, who was President of the club in 1989-90 died on 9th September 2010 .

Alfred was one of the highly talented cricketers who formed the OM 1st XI in the years just after the war and the early 1950s.A robust and stylish batsman with a penchant for hooking the short ball in front of his face,an unwise practice on the then unpredictable Headstone Lane wicket which led at least once to most unfortunate consequences for his nose, he lost some of the best years of his sporting life to the war. He was captain of the OM side in 1995-97.

Alfred entered Winterstoke in 1934 and made his mark speedily in the sporting field , playing for the 1st XI for two years in 1936-37 . He also excelled in athletics , winning the Public Schools long jump championship in 1937.

Sadly, he missed the all important last year at School when , with the imminent threat of war, his father judged it right for him to start his qualifying law exams as an articled clerk in the family firm, studies which were interrupted by the war. In early 1939 he joined the Territorial Army and later in the year was commissioned in the Middlesex Regiment, serving in North Africa, Italy and the Middle East. He was demobilised in 1946 with the rank of Captain.

Rejoining the family firm and specialising in insolvency matters , he enjoyed a distinguished career serving a term as President of the Holborn Law Society and chairing the legal committee of the government’s 1977 enquiry into reform of the insolvency laws. After retirement from the firm he became a circuit judge and a trustee of two charities, World Aware and the Middlesex Association for the Blind. He maintained his interest in cricket but his main love was gardening, which he said gave him more satisfaction than any previous activity.

Alfred maintained his links with the OM’s Club and particularly was a supporter of the Legal Dinner although not able to participate actively in his later years . He will be remembered fondly- not least for his sly sense of humour- by those who encountered him both in his term as President and on the cricket field.


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