Former Club captain Adam Hollioake has donated a collection of his Surrey medals & memorabilia to the Club’s Galadari Museum in the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion.
Hollioake skippered Surrey between 1997 and 2003 winning three County Championship titles, two Benson & Hedges Cups, one Pro40 League and the inaugural Twenty20 Cup in 2003.
Following the recent death of his former teammate Joey Benjamin, Hollioake describes how players from that generation have since reunited over a WhatsApp group to reminisce on those years together wearing the Three Feathers.
Those conversations have inspired Hollioake, who now lives in Australia, to donate his hard-won medals to the Club. As well as medals won while playing for Surrey, Hollioake also has stumps from some of England’s greatest triumphs during his international career. These will also be making their way to The Kia Oval.
Finally, Hollioake enjoyed a post cricket career in the boxing ring and will be donating some of the hard wraps worn in those days to Surrey.
“Has been a strange week after the passing of my former team mate Joey Benjamin….
In the wake of his passing the Surrey players from my era have started a whatsapp group to pay their respect and it has led to some reminiscing of the ages….
It got me thinking what an amazing era I was fortunate to be involved in….
It also coincides with me moving house again and whilst moving I discovered these pieces of memorabilia….
1 x stump from 6th Ashes Test 1997
3 x stumps from One Day series vs Australia
1 x Stump of 1st ODI in West Indies 1998
1 x Stump of CUB series vs Aus 1998
1 x stump of Sunday League Win 1996
On all of these occasions I was fortunate to be on the field at the winning moment and grabbed a stump….
I also found
3 x Championship Trophies
1 x T20 winner medal (first ever T20 medal)
2 x B&H winners medal 1997 & 2001
2 x B&H Man of the Match Medals
1 x World Cup Medal 1999
In honour of Surrey and the players who we have lost (it’s devastating to know we have lost 5 of the team I played with and 6 if you include Tom Maynard who I was unfortunately too old to play with) I have decided to donate these to the Surrey museum so that everyone can enjoy them….
I feel like it’s not right that they stay in my house and I want all Surrey members and past players etc to be able to see them….
I’m also donating some of my hard wraps from some of my professional fights….I know Surrey won’t be that excited about that but for me there is no greater gift than the spirit of service and I am forever grateful to the Surrey family for how they have treated me and my family over the years
Ich Dien ✊ ”
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The medals will be available to view when The Kia Oval’s Galadari Museum, next door to the Long Room, is open again in line with government guidelines.