Former Warwickshire marketing director Stuart Dalrymple, one of the pioneers of floodlit cricket in England, has died aged 48 after a brave battle against bowel cancer.
Dalrymple passed away on Boxing Day at the Myton Hospice in Warwick, leaving a wife and two young children.
During a successful business career he enjoyed spells as general manager of Fulham FC, director of marketing at Newcastle United FC, merchandising manager and development director of Wembley Stadium Ltd and general manager of David Lloyd Ltd.
Dalrymple was Warwickshire’s marketing director for a successful period during the mid-to-late 1990s during which time the county successfully staged the first floodlit competitive match against Somerset in 1997 which attracted a near-capacity crowd to Edgbaston.
Surrey were due to play Nottinghamshire under lights at the Oval the day before but the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled but the weather was kinder at Edgbaston 24 hours later.
Encouraged by that success Warwickshire subsequently staged four floodlit matches per season using temporary lighting stacks hired for the occasion.
After leaving Edgbaston Dalrymple used his expertise in the sports, leisure and entertainment industry to establish his own company, Goodform, which specialised in customer realtionship management and membership schemes for sports organisations.
Dalrymple was an enthusiastic club cricketer who played for both the Kenilworth and Chalfont St Peter clubs.