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Walker wants Glamorgan presidency

Walker seeks Glamorgan election

Former Glamorgan all-rounder Peter Walker has announced his intention to stand for election as club president against incumbent David East.

Walker, 72, says he is seeking the post after not being given reasons for the departures of chief executive Mike Fatkin and head groundsman Len Smith.

Both men had served the club for more than 20 years but left last September.

"The president is an honorary position but I will be inside the committees listening to what's going on," he said.

"I'm also hoping to be a conduit for the members; there's a huge groundswell of opinion, I didn't just do this on my own bat.

"I can't walk round in the streets of Cardiff anyway without somebody coming up to me and saying, 'what is going on at that club, we feel so unwelcome?' Well I want to try and change that."

I respect Mr Walker's nomination

Glamorgan president David East

Walker, capped three times by England and one of the finest fielders to play for Glamorgan, is a former chief executive of the Cricket Board of Wales.

Fatkin was part of the Glamorgan executive responsible for securing Sophia Gardens as a Test-standard venue and its current transformation into the 16,000-capacity Swalec Stadium.

Yet 10 months before the 8 July Ashes opener between England and Australia is due to take place in Cardiff, Fatkin left Glamorgan saying there were "differences" of opinion in the way the club should go forward.

Smith departed soon after, a statement saying he had told the club he wished to "explore the possibility of taking early retirement".

Keith Exton was appointed as the new head groundsman in December.

This week Glamorgan revealed that there was a four-week delay in laying new turf but insisted that would not affect preparations for the first Ashes Test.

"I came back to find that the club I was proud to play for completely stripped of the top brass if you like, the chief executive Mike Fatkin and the head groundsman Len Smith," Walker added.

606: DEBATE

"I tried to find out the reasons why. Could I get an answer from the club or the committee? No, absolute silence."

David East, former chief constable of South Wales Police and Welsh Rugby Union secretary, has the backing of the committee.

In a statement East said he respected Walker's decision to stand against him.

"The constitution of Glamorgan Cricket allows for an annual election for the office of president and I respect Mr Walker's nomination," East said.

"I have had the enormous privilege of being the president for the last year and for the moment I am happy for the members to be the judge of my contribution to the club over this period."

The results of the ballot for the position of president is expected to be delivered at the county's annual general meeting on 31 March.



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see also
'No panic' on Ashes ground delay
30 Jan 09 |  Glamorgan
Fatkin cites differences at Glam
18 Sep 08 |  Glamorgan
Head groundsman leaves Glamorgan
17 Sep 08 |  Glamorgan
Glamorgan's Wood opts to retire
02 Feb 09 |  Glamorgan
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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