In honour of his outstanding service to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, the Wantage Road End of The County Ground will now be known as the David Capel End.
The Club made the announcement as part of a special presentation during the David Capel Memorial Game on the 8th of August. Members of the Capel family, alongside former teammates, gathered on the outfield at the lunch break for a ceremony led by Club President Lord Naseby and Direct of Cricket Nigel Felton.
‘We are delighted to rename the Wantage Road End to the David Capel End.”Club Chairman Gavin Warren
“‘Capes’ was the perfect example of a one club man; he is sadly missed by us all at the club & we are proud to share this announcement and memorial game with his family.’” Warren said.
Chief Executive Ray Payne said the Club had been looking for a way to recognise Capel for some time.
“The club has wanted to show its respect to a true ambassador of Northamptonshire Cricket since 2020 and Sunday’s match was the first opportunity to do so with full crowds.” Payne said.
“We will also be supporting the Capel family’s chosen charity the Brain Tumour Charity, the work they do is fantastic and to be able to support them from our Royal London Cup match is great.”
Over £2,000 was raised on the day, which included collections around the ground and a donation from the Club of £1 from each ticket sold for the fixture against Somerset.
“David is a legend of the game and a cricket man through and through, who everyone speaks highly of.” Northamptonshire’s Head Coach John Sadler said.
“His loyalty for the club was amazing and it is a special bond, there are still photographs of him up all around the club, and he will always be there watching and supporting us.”