Bob Willis

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  1. mic

    mickbruff Active Member

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    Just heard of the sad death of the great Bob Willis, still remember his 8 for 43 at Headingley when we won a test against the Australians we always looked like losing, rest in peace Bob
     
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    So sad. He always spoke his mind on The Cricket Debate and he was expected back on there shortly, so this has come as a shock.
     
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    Truly awful and sad news.

    After our promotion in 1981, as a six year old, the Ashes series of that year is the other "first" memory of sport I have, and much of it down to Bob Willis as well as Botham.

    The memories of great sporting achievements are priceless and should be treasured, and he played a huge part in one of the greatest and most inspirational ones ever witnessed.

    RIP Bob.
     
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    That is sad. Him bowling was one of my first cricket memories.
     
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    Sad news. Bob was an exceptional bowler, one of the best ever produced by this country. Later in life, he was a top class, knowledgeable pundit, who wasn't afraid to slam a few home truths to present day cricketers and their sycophants.
    R.I.P. Bob, a true cricketing legend.
     
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    That iconic 30 yard run up had me mesmerised in my youth.
    I couldn't wait til 10.45 when it came on the BBC just to watch Bob. 1981 got me hooked on cricket.
    R.I.P legend.
     
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    Hope he took his bat with him. R.I.P. Bob.
     
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    RIP. A great bowler and a good commentator (although a massive hypocrite when criticising anyone for poor fielding - Bob made Tuffers look agile).

    Hopefully Sky will have a decent tribute lined up, he deserves it.
     
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    True legend of the game. His bowling spell at Headingley was one of the reasons I fell in love with cricket. RIP
     
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    Cricket legend. Never forget that bowling performance v the Aussies at Headingley in 1981. RIP Bob
     
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    Sad news. Don't think he was given the credit he was due. During what was called Bothams ashes. Although Botham spoke highly. RIP
     
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    Aye like Mike Hendrick another who should have had more recognition.
     
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    Loved watching him play and as a pundit. Unplayable in his pomp and a proper old fashioned number 11 batsman!

    Full of curmudgeonly character, understated wit and unswerving honesty - a massive Dylan fan too.

    RIP and thanks for so many fantastic memories.
     
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    Really sad. I hadn’t realised he was 70
    Still remember his performance at Headingly in 81 as if it was yesterday. My all time favourite bowling performance
    RIP Bob
     
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    Awww, just sin it nar, wor or8 Bob, R.I.P.
     
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    I was down Highgate pit on afters, remember it well, kept getting updates on tannoy system from control room, marvellous.
     
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    I was there that day and the day before when Botham took the Aussie bowling apart, incredible game. There was a bloke sat in front of us with a table full of glasses and the biggest bottle of champagne I’ve ever seen, just waiting for the last wicket to fall. I’m guessing he had a bob or two on England at 500 to 1....
     
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    I was there for the Botham and Dilley show but not for the Willis demolition of the Aussie batting
    2 regrets - first was I nearly stuck a quid on and England win at 500-1 for a laugh but didn't in the end. I wish I had
    Second was nearly went back for the last day but decided it was too much hassle as I still couldn't see it lasting much beyond lunch and an Aussie win and its a bit of a trek from Wombwel,l especially when I was only a poor student.

    Willis never got 10 wickets in a test match - though he got 8 in the second innings in this one he didn't get any in the first - I am always amazed he never did that one.
     

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