Ninety-eight-year-old IOG Life Member Walter Goodyear has received the Bert Bond award from Derbyshire County Council for his outstanding contribution to groundsmanship.
Walter had worked as a groundsman for 50 years – many of them at Derbyshire County Cricket ground – and was nominated by Bob Smith, former groundsman at Derby County FC.
According to the Derby Telegraph, Bob said: “Walter used to pass his experience on to the football club, he’s been the best groundsman around here and even when he retired he would help out.”
Walter began his career aged 14 years when he was assistant groundsman at Chesterfield. In 1940 he began service as a desert rat with the Sherwood Foresters for six years. In 1946, he went to work at Derbyshire County Cricket ground and retired in 1982. Walter was presented with his award, which is named after Aston Villa groundsman Bert Bond, and £100 by IOG Board Member Mike Lewis, and said he was “thrilled to pieces”.