Buckingham Town record scorer Cracknell dies at age 87

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Former Buckingham Town footballer, captain and all-time record goalscorer Lewis Cracknell passed away at the age of 87 last week.

Lewis John Cracknell, born on August 17, 1925, spent most of his life in Buckingham and played for the town after returning from the Royal Navy.

Having gone to Buckingham Infant School as a boy – where his favorite subject was, unsurprisingly, sport – Lewis remained in Buckingham until the age of 14.

He then joined the Royal Navy at 18 before, four years later, Lewis signed for Buckingham Town and played for the club for 10 years.

In his main role as a number nine, Lewis was captain of the side the year they famously won the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup in 1948-49.

He still holds the club record for the most amount of goals scored in a single season when he incredibly amassed an amazing 70 goals in just 37 games in 48-49 despite playing a handful of matches at full-back.

Cracknell went on to score a total of 327 goals for the club, averaging 33 goals a season that included 46 hat-tricks.

After scoring 40 goals a season for four consecutive years, Lewis’ talent gave him the opportunity to play professionally for Leeds United and Burnley, but he turned down both as he didn’t want to leave Buckingham.

He also played for Aylesbury United, Claydon and Buckingham Athletic, and in one season at Claydon, all four Cracknell brothers – Lewis, Derek, Maurice and Peter – played in the same team.

Cracknell eventually retired at the age of 41 and went onto spend most of his working life at Calvert Brick Works.