Corsham Town FC
Corsham Town FC
Founded: 1884

Date Added 10/10/2017

The club are again deeply saddened by the passing of another legend. Keith 'Mac' McCrum who died on 8th October 2017 and our sincere condolences go out to his wife Linda and family Laura, Michael and Richard also to his brother Fred. 

'Mac's father, Bernie McCrum was also Corsham Town chairman for many years.

We have asked John Cuthbertson, a life long friend for some of his memories of Keith:

I have known Keith since being at Corsham Boys Secondary Modern School from 1963. On leaving school, work didn’t start very well for Keith at Westinghouse Brake & Signal Company in Chippenham. He only lasted one day before being off sick with tonsillitis for two weeks, maybe it was all those jokes he was continually telling.

 Engineering was not his ‘favourite’ career and he soon moved into ‘Sales’ which suited him down to the ground as he was a real ‘people’ person.

We kept in touch through football and our regular Friday night and Sunday lunchtime sessions at the Hare & Hounds when the landlord was Don Townsend.

Keith was captain of the Corsham Town team that won the Wilts Senior Cup in 1976 (photos in clubhouse and Committee room) when Dave Pearce was manager. The picture of Keith receiving the Cup is still in our Match Day programme (Southbank Review) to this day.  A joker on and off the pitch but he would take no prisoners on it.

Keith was also part of Corsham Towns cabaret team back in the 70/80’s (John Cuthbertson, Dennis O’Meara, Robbie Swain, Bob Sibley) who would perform at CTFC events at the Flamingo Night Club and Neston Club – Keith was the master of impressions and his take on Frank Spencer had to be seen and heard…

One cabaret performance at the Flamingo I introduced Keith on to the stage as an escapologist !!! The plan was for Keith to be Frank Spencer and whilst ‘talking’ he would make his escape from a tied sack… but there was one little flaw in our double act – Keith forgot to take the scissors into the cloth sack with which he was going to cut himself free, but Keith being Keith blagged his way out of the situation and had the crowd on their feet in applause.

On 5th October 1974 I married  my wife, Dianne, at Box Church with the reception at the Selwyn Hall, my biggest fear was 'how I was going to control my mates, Keith McCrum, Steve Way, Sammy Speirs, Keith Dawdry, Nigel Davis and Pete Summersgill at the reception'. My prayers where answered when the Rev Selwyn Smith, who married us, accepted our invitation to come back to the reception. Problem solved – put the Vicar on the same table as my mates to keep them under control.

My  moment of inspiration didn’t quite workout – 'Mac' set himself the task of getting the Rev Selwyn Smith well and truly DRUNK.

RIP my friend, will always remember you trying to get the vicar drunk at my wedding.

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