When Viv Richards arrived as Rishton professional in 1987 he caused a massive stir – not least because he landed at Blackburn Road in a helicopter.
This time he came with a little less fuss to Enfield Cricket Club but he still caused a stir.
Sir Viv Richards, now 59 and arguably the greatest batsman of all time, popped into Dill Hall Lane for a meet and greet session on Tuesday evening.
He is in England promoting ‘Cricket in the Caribbean’ with Rodney Hogg and was persuaded to add Enfield Cricket Club to his touring dates by Phil Wright.
Phil is the father of Lancashire and Enfield Under 13 star Lewis Wright and persuaded Sir Viv to pop along to Hyndburn.
"Lewis was on a Lancashire Under 13 pre-season tour of the West Indies this year," said Phil.
"I have been over to the Caribbean around 20 times and I was invited by the Barbados Tourist Authority to help promote sporting trips over there.
"I heard Sir Viv was visiting the UK to promote Antigua as a sporting venue and encourage pre-season tours over there.
"I knew he was in the North, and was meeting the Lancashire players, so I got on the phone and asked him to come to Enfield.
"He was awesome as he did it for free, and was honest. To have a player of that calibre coming to talk was something else.
"He talked about his work as an ambassador of the West Indies but he also answered questions about his time in the Lancashire League with Rishton.
"Some of his former Rishton colleagues turned up and caught up with him and he was a great guest.
"He took time out to answer questions and also spent ages with the children signing autographs.
"We also discussed taking an Enfield team over to the Caribbean for pre-season to play at some of the Test grounds which is a chance in a lifetime."
Enfield chairman Geoff Dixon said: "Sir Viv stayed at the Dunkenhalgh the night before which is where he lived when he was at Rishton so I think there was a lot of reminiscing.
"It was a coup for Enfield to get someone like Viv here and it was an enjoyable evening.
"He talked about Rishton and the West Indian pros who have played in the Lancashire League. It was a good night for us."
Phil will be hoping his son Lewis was inspired by Sir Viv.
Lewis set a record first-wicket partnership of 176 for Lancashire Under 13s this season and helped Enfield win the Hyndburn and District Cricket Club. He will be presented with the trophy at half-time at Accrington Stanley’s home game with Aldershot tomorrow.
RICHARDS had just controversially left Somerset when he joined Rishton in a shock move in 1987.
Blackburn Road chairman Wilf Woodhouse was responsible for getting the West Indies captain to sign up for Rishton after meeting him a couple of times previously and being persistent in chasing him down although the big signing was kept quiet at the club until the deal was done.
It was a really bad summer although the crowds still turned out in their numbers to see Richards play around the Lancashire League grounds.
In his season, he got 899 league runs in 17 innings and topped the averages but the weather hampered the season as Rishton finished fourth.