A cricket fanatic who watched more than 230 overseas test matches will have his ashes scattered at his top 12 cricket grounds.
Former Accrington and Church cricketer Stanley Johnson died in New Zealand on December 10 before day three of a test between New Zealand and Pakistan.
But in his will the 72-year-old has left specific instruction for a band of his closest friends to travel the globe scattering his ashes at his favourite sporting venues – including Accrington and Church cricket clubs.
His cousin Christine, who lives in Oswaldtwistle, is one of Stanley's few surviving relatives.
Paying tribute to her cousin she said: "He was a really nice person who had lots of friends and was always more or less travelling.
"Stanley was very clever and quite the linguist, and could speak eight languages fluently including Croatian and Russian."
In his will, which he wrote himself, Stanley left a special fund with instructions which include ensuring all his friends drink locally brewed beer at each ground wearing a special T shirt with the words ‘The Stan Johnson Ashes Tour’.
They should then head to the nearest watering hole to mark the occasion.
The list of his favourite test grounds includes Old Trafford, England; Wankhede Stadium, India; Geddafi Stadium, Lahore; Premadasa Stadium, Pakistan; Harare, Zimbabwe; Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Cape Town, South Africa and Trinidad in the West Indies.
Christine added: "He really was quite a character. He said he wanted his own ashes tour where everyone has to wear T-shirts and sing a special song when they scatter them."
Stanley moved away from Accrington more than 50 years ago when he left to start a degree in Russian at Oxford University.
But he would visit the borough each year to visit cousin Christine and catch up with friends.
After graduating from Oxford with a first class honours degree he started work as a chartered accountant.
After starting his career in Huddersfield he soon moved abroad and lived and worked in the West Indies and Cayman Islands before retiring aged 44.
Since then he spent his life travelling the world watching cricket.
Friend Keith Ingley was with Stanley in Wellington watching a test match between New Zealand and Pakistan.
But he did not turn up to day three and he was found dead in his room later that day.
"I have been to New Zealand about six or seven times to watch cricket and every time I went I met Stanley" Keith said.
"He was a very private man really and we didn't really know too much about him. He was a lovely guy and good to listen to as he knew an awful lot about cricket."
Friend Anthony Robinson said: "He had no real permanent home. He spent his life travelling the world watching cricket. I have known him for the past 12 years and he was very much a character. Even at 70 he would get up and dance in the stands. He knew thousands and thousands of facts and statistics about the game."
A memorial service is being held at Church Cricket Club on March 26 at noon.
- Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
- Sidney Cricket Ground
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe
- Church Cricket Club
- Accrington Cricket Club
- Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
- The Oval, England
- Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka
- St George’s Park, South Africa
- Westpac Trust, New Zealand
- Old Trafford, England