Howard Milton appointed as Club Vice President

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Howard Milton appointed as Club Vice President

Kent Cricket is pleased to announce that the Club’s Honorary Statistician, Howard Milton, has been appointed as a Vice President of the Club.

A contributor to the Club’s Annual for 44 editions, Milton’s name is a familiar sight for Kent’s Members and supporters.  Alongside his contributions to the Kent Annual, his statistical match-ups have appeared in the Club’s Match Programmes for many years.

Howard first became officially involved with Kent cricket statistics in 1977, succeeding Professor John Griffiths, the Kent Club’s first honorary statistician.  His first task in 1978 was to introduce records for limited over matches in the Kent Annual which had not been previously included. In 1988, Milton took over sole responsibility for compiling all the Club records, and answering the queries that arose.

He has been an Annual Honorary Member for 15 years, having been a member of Kent Cricket since 1969. He saw his first Kent match aged 9, in 1955 at the Bat and Ball Ground in Gravesend.

A Trustee of the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust, he edits the Trust’s newsletter, and with Peter Francis adding the many contemporary photographs, Milton has provided the much researched text for the highly praised recent book on Kent County Cricket Grounds, released during the Club’s 150th Year.

On being named a Vice President of the Club, Milton said: “It has been the joy of my life to be able to help add to knowledge of the history, be it facts or figures, of a county whose cricket tradition and heritage is second, I would submit, to no other comparable area in the world.

“To gain this remarkable reward for these efforts, it seems I may have achieved my objective.”

Kent Cricket’s Chairman, Simon Philip, said: “Howard’s contribution has been exceptional and we are pleased to recognise his effort over many decades.

“Kent Cricket has been at the heart of community for over 150 years, and Howard’s documenting of our achievements, heritage and enduring values ensures that our plans for growing the game and inspiring the next generation across the County are based on solid foundations.”