Gill Yeoman takes the wraps off the new sign at Plympton CC naming the pavilion after her late husband John<br>credit: Photos: Sean Mortimer

GONE but never to be forgotten! Plympton CC have paid a permanent tribute to their late chairman John Yeoman by naming their pavilion in his honour.

Yeoman, who was 69 when he died in October 2017, had a 40-year association with the club as either a player or official.

John Yeoman - the popular former Plympton chairmanHe did a 10-year stint as chairman and five more as president before ill-health intervened. Even then he remained a supporter of they club, encouraging the players from the pavilion balcony, often with a glass of cider in his hand.

Yeoman – J Y to almost everyone who knew him – was remembered over the Bank Holiday at a memorial match.

Players past and present got together to play in memory of a much-loved clubman.

Before the game John’s widow Gill unveiled a sign proclaiming club rooms as the J Y Pavilion.

As a mark of respect all of the teams playing over the weekend wore black arm bands and observed a minutes silence before the start of their fixtures.

Keith Alexander, the current Plympton chairman said: “It was fantastic to see many club members past and present come down to support the day. 

“J Y was certainly looking down on us and graced us with fantastic weather for the day. 

“When the idea to name the pavilion was proposed it was unanimously voted in by the committee. 

“J Y played such a large part of the club and did so much for it, that it was only right we did something to remember him properly.”

Plympton officials hope there will now be an annual fixture at the start of the season to remember Yeoman and other members who have crossed the boundary rope for the last time.

The teams before the start of the JY Memorial Match at Plympton