Kenneth Valentine, or "Sir Ron" as his clubmates fondly refer to him, has been the YMCA
C.C. President since 1997 and is only the sixth person to hold this prestigious
post since the end of World War Two.
Ron began his cricketing career for Gedling C.C. in his home town of Sheffield during the late 1950's and early sixties before
moving to the west country in the late sixties where he eventually settled into
his adopted home town of Portishead. However, it was not until
1975 that Ron was introduced to the Golden Hill based cricket club thanks to his
former Bristol City Council colleague and current YMCA Vice Chairman,
The popular wicketkeeper batsmen made regular appearances in the Second, Third
Wanderers teams throughout the seventies and early eighties, making many vital
contributions including a top score of 35* and countless catches and stumpings
from behind the wickets. Sadly, many of Ron's runs and catches have been lost
together with the scorebooks and, as a result, are not recorded in the
It was not long before Ron took on extra duties and between 1983 - 1986 he
successfully captained the Wanderers Eleven (now the Fourth Eleven) before
becoming a regular wicketkeeper in Chris Drew's 'A' team during the early 90's.
After 15 or more years as a player Ron finally hung up his boots in 1997,
although he continued to help out the club with occasional 'guest appearance'.
To the majority of today's members, Ron is best known for his tireless 'off the
field' contributions as Club President but also for his umpiring at home matches
during the summer months.
Ron can truly be regarded as a YMCA CC clubman through and through.
13 January 1925 in Sheffield
Year Joined YMCA: 1975
"Sir Ron" (given to me by Phil Dowle)
Playing Details: No longer playing at the club,
but now Club President. Former wicket keeper batsmen.
Other clubs played for: Barrow Gurney
Best YMCA Match Played In: A match in the
late eighties for the Wanderers Eleven, where we won by a narrow margin in a
very high scoring game.
Favourite YMCA Batsmen (past or present):
Favourite YMCA Bowler (past or present): John Day
Favourite Cricket Ground: Golden Hill
Least Favourite Cricket Ground: Dundridge
Farm, where I was unfortunate enough to loose five teeth!
Favourite Professional Cricketer:
Favourite Food: Steak
Whisky and Dry Ginger
Favourite Football Team:
Favourite Holiday Destination: Teneriffe
Motto In Life: Always try to be positive and
look on the bright side of life.