Originally presented to the Best Young Player. Now presented to Sunday Bowler of the season
Mr. Mellon was the father of Phillip Mellon who played for the club for many years.
During the late 60’s and 70’s the club had a shaky period because of pitch problems.
Harry Steele had retired and the superb Fairview pitch had gone to pieces, as it was maintained by sub-contractors.
Fairview moved to King George’s field but that was not working out for the same reason and so we moved to Eastwood Park, which was not very suitable for many reasons. Too far out of Rayleigh we were often using number 2 pitch so we were a long way from the dressing rooms, poor tea making facilities and so on.
We had decided to go in with Rayleigh Town Football Club to take on the new ground and this was also causing some difficulties. Mr. Mellon offered to help and although he knew little about cricket became President for four years and helped to settle the club down and get it on an even keel once again, which he did. He then made way for Tony Greatorex.
He had actually presented the Mellon Cup for the best young player some years before he became President.