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Jim Cumbes retires as Lancashire chief executive after 25 years at Old Trafford

Jim Cumbes: Retiring after 25 years at Lancashire

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Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes has retired after 25 years with the club.

Cumbes, who oversaw the redevelopment of Old Trafford, joined the club as a player in 1962 and has fulfilled a number of roles at Lancashire.

He also played for Surrey, Worcestershire and Warwickshire and in the winter months he played professional football as a goalkeeper, playing for West Brom and Aston Villa amongst others.

He joined Warwickshire as Commercial Manager before returning to Lancashire and in 1998 he became chief executive.

"Fifty years after I first joined Lancashire as a young professional cricketer, I am retiring as Chief Executive," he told the county's website.

"If anyone had told me back in 1962 that my career would embrace professional cricket, professional football, commercial management, and finally the big "cheese", at the club I had just joined, I would have looked at them as though they had just arrived from another planet. Sometimes I have to tell myself it is true.

"In terms of achievements and satisfaction, I think sowing the seeds of redevelopment all those years ago in 2003, and then seeing it through with everyone else associated at the club has probably given me the most satisfaction.

"The future is now looking very bright, and after the heavy losses of the last few years, that is set to be turned around in 2013 and beyond."

Cumbes will be replaced by Daniel Gidney, who was previously the chief executive at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

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