The real 'Ashes' tour: Cricket fan left money for friends to travel world scattering his remains at 12 favourite grounds

An eccentric cricket fan has left money in his will for 15 of his friends to scatter his ashes at his favourite stadiums around the world.

Stanley Johnson died at the age of 72 in New Zealand during a holiday to watch a Test Match between New Zealand and Pakistan.

But afterwards it emerged that he left strict instructions and enough money in his will for a large group of his friends to celebrate his life in extravagant style. 

Heavenly choice: The Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is among 12 grounds late cricket fan Stanley Johnson has sent his friends on a tour of

Heavenly choice: The Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is among the 12 grounds to which late cricket fan Stanley Johnson has sent his friends

At each of his 12 favourite grounds his friends, who will all wear T-shirts bearing the slogan Stanley Johnson's Ashes tour - will drink one local brew and sing a special song in his honour.

The group received details of their trips via sealed envelopes handed to them at Church Cricket Club in Lancashire, where Mr Johnson played as young man.

Mr Johnson had racked up more than 230 Test Matches in his lifetime having spent his last three decades touring the world after taking early retirement in 1983, aged just 44.

Having worked in many of the world's tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, he based himself in Rome, but dedicated his life to watching cricket.


The Ashes trophy

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Sydney Cricket Ground

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe

Church Cricket Club, Lancashire

Accrington Cricket Club

Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

The Oval, England

Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka

St George’s Park, South Africa

Westpac Trust, New Zealand

Old Trafford, England

Some of the grounds his friends will visit include Old Trafford (England), Wankhede Stadium (India), Geddafi Stadium (Lahore) and Premadasa Stadium (Pakistan). There will also be trips to Trinidad and South Africa.

Mr Johnson, who spoke eight languages fluently (including Croatian and Russian), tasked friends from around the globe with carrying out his wishes in England.

Graham Davis, 51, came from Melboune in Australia to pay tribute at the Kia Oval in Kennington, London.

Derek Torkington, who is organising the tour, cast some of Mr Johnson's ashes to the wind at Church Cricket Club in Lancashire.

Mr Johnson's passion for the game ensured he was known all over the world, even to professional players including Aussie legend Shane Warne.

One of the reasons for that was for a dance he performed regularly in the stands at matches which one friend described to The Times as 'part epileptic fit, part keep fit exercise.'

Mr Johnson was found dead by a friend in his hotel room on December 10, 2010, just before day three of the test match in New Zealand.

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