Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge was born in Barbados and like many Caribbean families in the late 50’s and 60’s migrated to the UK to seek a better life. Educated at Speightstown Boys School and Black Bess Boys School in Barbados, he continued his education at Alfred Sutton Boys in Reading, and later Clarendon College in Nottingham, where he developed a love for cricket, a game for which he would later become world famous.
He had the opportunity to display his cricket prowess playing in Reading, Berkshire and Hampshire and the England Boys School benefitted from his cricket skills. Even though he represented Barbados and the West Indies in cricket, he was still able to make a meaningful contribution to his adopted homeland of the United Kingdom.
Whilst still an apprentice at Hampshire, he represented three different clubs playing on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. He was also privileged to play League Cricket for Leyiand in the Lancashire League, playing 19 years for one club. Not only has he been a player but he also conducted Cricket Coaching Clinics at several places, including Nottingham High School and Merchant Taylor’s School. Schools in Scotland have also benefitted from his skills when playing for the club Greenock, which he also represented at the National Level. He continues to be involved in fund raising programmes for clubs and schools throughout the UK.
But Barbados has never been forgotten. The Government of Barbados named a Primary School in his honour and the Gordon Greenidge Primary School has been the recipient of sporting equipment and books to assist with the students’ academic and extra-curricular programmes. Gordon is currently organizing a fund-raiser for September 2017 in London, which will assist in the establishment of a building for the School’s Library and a Learning Centre.
Over the years he has been influential in the area of sports tourism, including the West Indies Under-15 team tour to the UK. Some of the highlights of his life include; the births of his children, whom he loves dearly; playing in his very first test match for the West Indies vs India at Bangalore in 1974 where he scored a century; securing a Test hundred at Lord’s and being one of the elite names on the Honours Board; having a school bear his name during his lifetime; and being accorded the MBE in 1996 by the United Kingdom in recognition of his contribution to cricket. Recently he has been touring England during the summer, either playing in cricket matches or as a guest. He also uses the opportunity to enjoy the game of golf at the many attractive golf courses around the country!