He would also sell scorecards to patrons during matches.
Twenty-nine years later, when Stead spoke at a media interaction about 30 metres away from one of the same pavilions, he chuckled as he recalled those days. We had different duties when we turned up. "It's a great experience coming back here", the soft-spoken New Zealand coach said on Friday.
"I don't know who is the underdog here". That's for the media to say. "We've just got to go out and perform", he said.
Last time they were at the ground they were pushed to the brink of a group-stage elimination by a 64-run loss to 2015 World Cup winners Australia.
Williamson said New Zealand would look to put up a fighting performance to give them the best possible opportunity to come out on top of England.
"We really look forward to big games or big moments in games. What we have to do is to be able to adapt to conditions in front of us".
But New Zealand will be confident too after cruising past India in their last match.
"Working out that 240 is a good score is the strength of the guys have, especially the middle order".
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Sports fans arriving by Tube for the final of the Cricket World Cup will find themselves greeted by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. "We didn't make any but just adapted to the conditions". Both teams will be aiming for their maiden World Cup glory at Lord's on Sunday.
"It gave us a good kick and pushed us to actually bring out the best in ourselves I think, and that stands us in good stead for the final", he added.
Both teams are unchanged from the semifinals. For Stead, the ability of the team to win tight games have given him the most satisfaction. Once again it comes down to the pragmatic question: How are we going to win the game? What goes into creating the right attitude?
'And good luck, that's all I can say, I wish I could say more, it's just wonderful, have a great time'. That's all you can ask of everyone. You've played the way you said you would, you've done the things you've said you would down in Glamorgan, now you have to go and finish it off'.