The mid to late 1970s
[ St Albans Centennial Book (1905-2005) ]
Meanwhile, skilful left-arm spinner Stephen Boock spent the first of his three seasons at St Albans in 1975/76 and became our fifth Test player and 11th to wear the black cap. Two years later Boock set a national first-class record of 66 wickets, shared in the momentous first victory over England, and then toured that country before, sadly, returning to Dunedin.
St Albans pioneered twilight cricket on Monday evenings, with players enjoying both their games on Hospital Corner and the after-match functions in the pavilion. The club also arranged the first indoor tournament to be held in the South Island, for men and women, at the then new Pioneer Stadium. Another diversion was the formation of AFC St Albans, playing in the Canterbury Football Association competitions.
Most attention in a sporting club inevitably falls upon the players and the administrators. But the name of Ron Johnson, the senior scorer for more than 30 years, will always have a proud place in our history. Ron worked quietly and efficiently in the background to make life more comfortable for so many of our members and also gave great service to Canterbury and the Riccarton club. The Government recognised his services to the Post Office with an appropriate award and St Albans acknowledged his selfless deeds with life membership.