Category Archives: People

Recognition after 50 years for Alan Jones M.B.E., President of the St. Helen’s Balconiers

Today, on the 50th anniversary of his only appearance for England in the first match of the 1970 series against the Rest of the World XI, Glamorgan legend Alan Jones was awarded with England cap 696.

In a special ceremony, conducted via Zoom, Alan received the cap after speeches from Colin Graves, Joe Root, Tony Lewis, and Hugh Morris. In attendance were a number of former Glamorgan players and staff, who were coached by Jones throughout the age groups and during his time at Glamorgan, as well as members of the national media.

For a collection of reports and articles please refer to the following websites / articles (not exhaustive):

Sad news – Peter Walker

It is with sadness that the St Helen’s Balconiers record that former Glamorgan and England cricketer and broadcaster Peter Walker has died aged 84 after a stroke.

An integral member of Glamorgan’s Championship winning team of 1969 and a man who featured in the Club’s historic victories over the 1964 and 1968 Australians.

A selection of obituaries and tributes can be accessed via the links below:

Glamorgan CCC


Welsh Sports Hall of Fame


Professional Cricketers’ Association

The Cricketer

Malcolm Nash – Memorial Service Arrangements

Malcolm Andrew Nash 1945-2019

The Memorial Service for the Former Glamorgan Legend will be held at St James’ Church, Walter Road, Uplands, Swansea SA1 4QF on Tuesday August 27th 2019

Amba and her family invites you to join her to remember his life and the special memories of him. The Service will commence at 1 pm. There will be refreshments and a further opportunity to share stories about Malcolm after the Service in the St Helen’s Lounge, Swansea-the scene of some of his greatest sporting achievements.

Donations if desired in lieu of Flowers made out to ‘Local Aid for Children & Community Special Needs’ cheques only please c/o Amba Nash, 33, Lon Mafon,Sketty, Swansea. SA2 9EP

Sad News – Malcolm Nash

Malcolm Nash – Glamorgan Captain 1980 & 1981

It is with great sadness that the St. Helen’s Balconiers report the passing of Malcolm Nash who died overnight 30/31st July 2019. (Born 9th May 1945).

Malcolm will be inextricably linked with the St. Helen’s Ground, Swansea and his unwitting part in the Sober’s world-record six sixes over in August 1968. However he gave much more to the world of cricket than this one event with over 600 matches for Glamorgan between 1966 and 1983, he took over 1,300 wickets. He was proud of his batting with two first-class centuries including his highest score of 130 against Surrey which included a century before lunch (off 61 balls in 76 minutes). He also scored what is still (and will always be) the fastest century in the Benson and Hedges Cup competition (in 63 minutes, off 53 balls, against Hampshire).

A full tribute can be found on the Glamorgan website

or on the BBC website

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we report the sad passing of two stalwart supporters of the Balconiers.  Mr G.H.H. Davies [Gerald Davies] C.Eng., C.En.,MICE, MCIHT, Head of Quality  Assurance and Compliance at Alan Griffiths [Contractors] Ltd.

Gerald was a loyal and true friend of Glamorgan C CC and the Balconiers. He was the dedicated link between Mr Alun Griffiths and the Balconiers responsible for arranging a long and fruitful sponsorship which was mutually rewarding for both parties. His funeral will take place at Three Crosses, Swansea Capel y Crwys on Wednesday February 20th 2019 at 2.30pm where all are welcome.
Secondly we have been informed of the sad loss of Mr Tom Douglas who was a faithful member of the Balconiers for many years, He enjoyed the Daffodil Cricket tours run by the Balconiers and was a loyal Glamorgan CCC supporter. His funeral service will be held at Thornhill Crematorium on  Friday February 22nd 2019 at 10.00 am
The Balconiers extend sincere condolence to the family and friends of both men. May they RIP

Malcolm Nash-Not Only But Also- My Life in Cricket

August 31st saw the 50th Anniversary of the World Record Six Sixes scored by Sir Garry Sobers off the bowling of Malcolm Nash. With Christmas coming what better ‘Stocking Filler’ for your friends or Loved Ones than a copy of this really interesting story. To access a signed copy contact either John Williams  or




The Book Cover

Sir Garry and Malcolm Signing together

Malcolm with his friend Alan Wilkins at Cheltenham College

John Williams appointed Honarary Consultant & Ambassador to Glamorgan CCC

On the 3rd June 2018 Glamorgan County Cricket Club announced the appointment of John Williams (Balconiers Chairman) as an Honorary Consultant and an Ambassador to the Club.

The Board has invited John to continue to attend board meetings in his new capacity and, additionally, to be an Honorary Life Vice President of the Club. John has accepted both invitations.

John, who has been a strong supporter of the club’s revised governance arrangements and has served on the Glamorgan committee since the early 1980’s.

Commenting on John’s new appointment, the outgoing Chairman, Barry O’Brien, paid tribute to John as follows: “John Williams is a truly wonderful man whose support and passion for Glamorgan is second to none – his achievements with the Balconiers both in terms of staging our St Helen’s Festival and raising funds for the club have been magnificent. We are delighted that John has agreed to accept the position as a consultant and ambassador to the Board on his resignation from it, such that we will continue to benefit from his wise counsel, while his appointment as Honorary Life VP is a fitting tribute to his many achievements.”

John Williams responded as follows: “I am delighted to accept the role of Honorary Consultant and Ambassador to Glamorgan County Cricket Club.  I am profoundly humbled and honoured to have been appointed as an Honorary Life Vice-President of the Club and thrilled to take up these positions to continue supporting the best interests of the Club and its Members.”

John Williams enjoying the day at Leicestershire in 2017.

New St Helen’s Balconiers President

The Balconiers are proud to announce that Alan Jones MBE has accepted the Office of President, we are so lucky to have such a well regarded man to take on the mantle held previously with such distinction by Don Shepherd. Alan has been associated with Glamorgan CCC  for 66 years since 1952 when he first attended the Glamorgan nets at Neath.

Between 1955 and 1983 – Alan scored over 34,000 First Class runs, with 1000 runs in 23 successive Seasons from 1961. In 1982 he was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen with an MBE.  He will be a dual President as he also continues as President of Glamorgan CCC in 2018 having been elected in 2016.

The invitation to Alan was uniquely appropriate because of his record opening partnership of 330 with Roy Fredericks against Northamptonshire in 1972 which was the catalyst behind the formation of the St. Helen’s Balconiers.

When Alan was approached to become our new President, we were delighted that he accepted without hesitation.

Very sad news

It is with much sadness that we have to advise you that Don, our President, passed away yesterday [Friday August 18th]. He celebrated his 90th birthday just last Saturday and underwent long awaited heart surgery in the course of the last week.

We are sure that there will be many tributes made to a great cricketer and a great man over the coming days. In the meantime our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family as they come to terms with their loss. RIP