SPORTING a tattoo of Glazebury Cricket Club on his back and arm is a source of pride for Andy Calvert after 17 years of playing for the team.
But, it will be a battle of emotions for the 25-year-old when his tattoos will be covered up by a Rylands Cricket Club shirt on May 11.
The cricket-mad dad of two has signed to Rylands for the new season after 17 years of loyal service to his beloved Glazebury Cricket Club.
The two teams will face each other for the first time this season since Andy joined Rylands next month.
Andy, from Padgate, said: “I imagine it will be quite strange playing against Glazebury after many years on the other side but I'm very excited to take them on.
“Glazebury's captain Jack Warhurst sees my move up town to the Warrington rivals as cheating on the village club after all these years but I'm sure he'll forgive me and enjoy the battle.”
Andy, who captained Glazebury Cricket Club for two years, decided to join Rylands after moving house with his partner Nicole Munday and two children, Evie, aged six months, and Charlie, aged two to Pinewood Avenue.
Looking back on his time at Glazebury Cricket Club, Andy counts his time as captain as one of the most challenging but rewarding times of his life.
His love for Glazebury started when he joined the team aged nine and it grew to such heights that he was willing to put a permanent reminder of his love for the team on his body.
“I got the tattoos when I was on a lads holiday in Turkey in 2007 and then again in 2010. I won’t try and pretend that alcohol wasn’t involved,” joked Andy.
Now Andy is getting ready to face his former team mates turned rivals next month.
He added: “There is a lot of loyalty at Glazebury Cricket Club so I expect a lot of hostility when I get to the wicket but I'm sure we'll be able to enjoy a pint after the game.”