On Sunday 30th 2015, Oulton Cricket Club hosted a Charity Cricket Match in order to raise money for Papyrus UK in aid of Phil ‘Skinny’ James who sadly took his life in September 2014.
£3200 was raised from the players who took part, a cake stall, a tombola, a bbq and a raffle. Raffle prizes and auction prizes included a signed Stoke shirt, a signed Shark cricket shirt, mot’s, free haircuts, etc – all of which was donated.
Described as one of Robbie Williams’s ‘biggest fans’ Phil died after being hit by a train at Stone Station. A Stoke City supporter Phil, had just recently had a tattoo of the Robbie Williams’s name across his chest while on holiday in Magaluf.
Phil, who lived in Stone with his parents and brother Lee. He attended Alleyne’s Academy before landing a job at St Dominic’s Convent and more recently animal feed company S C Feeds.
In his spare time he enjoyed all sports, but specifically cricket, rugby, darts and football.
The last club he played for was Oulton Cricket Club – and hence the charity event.