Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Trueman Enclosure in Carnegie Pavilion
The topping out ceremony for the new Carnegie Pavilion took place on Tuesday 8th December and provided Yorkshire cricket with the opportunity to look forward to the future with excitement, but the club is also keen to ensure it remembers its illustrious past too.
When the Pavilion is unveiled to the world next summer the old Wintershed Lower Stand which will sit in front of the new five tier structure will bear the name of one of Yorkshire cricket’s favourite sons.
When Fred Trueman died in July 2006 the club stated it would find a fitting way to remember one of the greatest fast bowlers the sport has ever seen. The seating area in front of the Carnegie Pavilion will be officially named The Trueman Enclosure, keeping the name, achievements and memory of one of Yorkshire cricket’s most famous players at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
The county of Yorkshire is known the world over as a hotbed of cricket and the Yorkshire public are some of the most passionate fans in the world. Young Yorkshire men have always been desperate to don the White Rose and turn out for their beloved Yorkshire County Cricket Club. One of the main reasons for the club’s success on the field in the 1950’s and 60’s, and the single biggest reason for young Yorkshire lads trying to bowl as fast as they could, was Fred Trueman. Fred was an inspiration, a hero and a role model to countless Yorkshire folk during his time at the Club and his legend lives on.
Yorkshire cricket is better for Fred Trueman being born just inside its borders and the club is as proud of Fred as he was of being from this great county. He represented both Yorkshire CCC and England with pride and passion all around the world and he put his heart and soul into his performances on the field.
Stewart Regan, Yorkshire CCC Chief Executive, said: “Fred is sadly missed, the club will never forget his outstanding achievements for both Yorkshire and England and now The Trueman Enclosure is to be part of Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground it will further ensure that his memory lives on.”
Veronica Trueman, Fred’s widow, attended the Topping Out Ceremony for the Carnegie Pavilion and was visibly thrilled that Fred was being honoured in this way. She said: “I am delighted that the Club has taken this step to remember Fred and give him a lasting legacy. He would have been deeply moved and honoured to have a key part of the ground named after him. It is a fitting tribute and I hope it will inspire the young Yorkshire fast bowlers of the future to run down the hill from The Trueman Enclosure and take lots of wickets.”