Published: 6th December, 2018
Surrey County Cricket Club is saddened to learn of the passing of former Club Treasurer Clive Newton CB, who passed away aged 87 earlier this week.
Surrey president David Stewart has paid tribute to his work, much of which was transformative to the fortunes of both club and ground.
He held the purse strings at the Kia Oval for six years, from 2003-09, during which time the ground was transformed by the construction of the OCS Stand at the Vauxhall End.
Newton, who lived in Hove and had strong connections with Sussex CCC as well, was a high grade civil servant whose legal expertise at the Department of Trade & Industry saw him made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1991.
He was a member of Surrey’s administration sub-committee in the early 1990s and his involvement widened when he became treasurer in 2003, after Stewart had succeeded Mike Soper as Chairman.
“Clive was very industrious, reliable and effective,” said Stewart. “Nothing appeared to panic him and he was supportive in so many ways.
“It was a very important stage in the club’s development as raising the £25million we needed to build the OCS Stand was a considerable task. We weren’t as big then and had to raise much of the money through the banks.”
Among Newton’s tasks was detailing the financial position at each annual meeting and answering questions from members.
When he handed over the Treasurer’s role to Alan Dickinson, Newton was made an Honorary Life Vice-President.