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Geoff Husband RIP

14th May 2020 Posted in County Club and Latest and League and Over 50's and People by Michael Weeks

It is with great sadness Cornwall Cricket reports the death of cricketeing legend Geoff Husband at the age of 84.

He died at his Callington home on Wednesday 13 May, after a short illness, having spent a little time in Derriford hospital.

He is survived by wife Pauline and we send our sincere condolences to her, son Geoff and the rest of his family.

After a long career he has been playing for Gunnislake in the Cornwall League since 2009.

His final game was last year on 17 August at Gunnislake against Tintagel seconds where he made 1 not out and kept wicket scorecard

He also made use of the Devon League loan scheme in 2019 when playing for Yelverton Devon website

 

As a tribute below is an article I wrote for the 2016 Cornwall Cricket Yearbook with Geoff recollecting reaching 80 at the time and still playing.

 

He ran Cornwall Over 50’s for decades and annually filed the comprehensive reports for the Yearbook – always way ahead of deadline..

 

We had many a conversation over the years and he will be sadly missed.

Michael Weeks

League Secretary/ Media Officer

 

Trevor Lee, who took over running the County Over 50’s from Geoff, has paid this tribute:

“Geoff was Mr Cricket as far as senior cricket in Cornwall was concerned for over 30 years
 
He played 88 times in the ECB 50+ competition for Cornwall spanning some 20+ seasons
 
He also played for the over 60s and organised a whole series of friendly matches as well
 
A huge number of players have Geoff to thank for giving them the opportunity to represent their county towards the end of their career
 
Geoff also organised bi-annual tours to the Isle of Wight where the ECB match formed part of a week-long cricket extravaganza
 
Senior cricket in Cornwall has continued to evolve but it will be Geoff who will always be recognised as the key figure
 
His extraordinary commitment over many years was recognised by the County club in  2016  when he was awarded the Arthur Lugg Cup for services to the club.”
Devon Cricket Tribute by Conrad Sutcliffe click

 

 

An article first published in the 2016 Cornwall Cricket Yearbook

GEOFF HUSBAND – 80 NOT OUT!

By The Editor

 2015 was a memorable year for Geoff Husband. In the year he celebrated his eightieth birthday he kept wicket throughout the season for Gunnislake in Division 6 East of the Jolly’s Drinks Cornwall Cricket League. He also completed his 28th year as Manager of the Cornwall Over Fifties and was awarded the Arthur Lugg Cup during the winter for services to the county club. After years of basically making up the numbers the Cornwall Over Fifties certainly had a season to relish. A remarkable eight match winning run in the ECB 50+ Championship saw them reach the National semi-finals for the first time, before losing to Staffordshire at Stoke-on- Trent.

 

Geoff has the remarkable record of playing in eight decades. The highlight was being capped for Cornwall in 1972 when he made his championship debut against Dorset at Dorchester. He batted at three, following openers Gerald Parsons and Eric Willcock. He played six games in 1972 and four more the following season, ending against Somerset seconds at Taunton in good company. It was a Somerset team for the future that saw Peter Roebuck make 26, Vic Marks 68 and Ian Botham 82 in the first innings. Phil Slocombe, Keith Jennings, Trevor Gard and Bob Clapp, also went on to enjoy first class careers with the Cider county, while former Somerset skipper Roy Kerslake was also a member of the side. Geoff made 30 not out and 26. Nigel Cock hit 105 and Brian Laity had match scores of 65 and 49.

 

Years                                     Clubs

1948 – 49     Cheltenham G.S. Junior XI

1950 – 51      Cheltenham G.S. Colts XI

1953 – 54      Cheltenham YMCA

1955 – 57      Bristol YMCA,   Bristol University 2nd XI

1958               Exeter YMCA,   Exeter University 2nd XI

1959 – 60      Felton,  Mendip Acorns

1960 – 72     Tavistock, Cornwall

1973 – 74     Callington, Cornwall

1975 – 77     Tavistock

1978 – 84     Lanhydrock

1985 – 93     Tavistock

1994 – 97      United Services

1998 – 09      Various clubs – Menheniot, Gunnislake and Callington

2009 – 19      Gunnislake

 

  

Geoff has reflected on his long career:

 

From 1960  onwards I played for numerous other clubs in mid-week fixtures.  These have included  United Services,

The Mount, The Saints, Tavistock Ramblers, Devon Dumplings,  Cornish Choughs, Cornish Crusaders,

North Devon, Paignton, Chagford and, last but not least, Incogniti.

 

I played my first “proper” game of cricket in 1948 for the Cheltenham G.S.  Junior XI. I captained that side the following year and in 1950 moved up to the Colts side. In 1951 I captained this side and also played for Gloucestershire Under 15 XI. They were captained by Derek Hawkins who later played for the County side.  I naturally hoped to progress to the First XI in a year or two, but it was not to be. The master in charge of cricket did not appreciate my natural “talents” and I never got that longed for invitation.  Tennis had always interested me and I played it fairly seriously for a couple of years. But at the age of seventeen I had the urge and so started playing cricket again for Cheltenham YMCA and it was then that I took up wicket keeping, having done it only a handful of times in House matches.  I took to it like a duck to water in spite of having what,  in those days,  was considered a handicap  –  I was over six foot tall and all keepers and scrum halves had to be small !

 

A couple of seasons with the YMCA brought a big improvement in my batting. I opened regularly for them and learned more about the art of wicket-keeping. At nineteen I went off to Bristol University and at that tender age got married, it was April 1955.      As we set up home near Bristol rather than playing for the University I decided to join Bristol YMCA, which at that time was one of the top sides in the city.  I was a regular in the Second XI but did play several times for the senior side. One of these was a charity game against a side assembled by Alan Wills, of the tobacco family, and it was the first time I came up against ”star” first class players. In that side were Reg Sinfield ( England and Glos ),  Horace Hazell ( Somerset ),  Colin Scott and  Ken Graveney ( both Glos ). The following year I was lucky enough to play against the full Gloucestershire side in aid of George Emmett’s benefit. His side included John Mortimore, David Allen, Sam Cook and David Smith.

 

I finished my degree in 1957 and we moved to Exeter for a year where I took my Teaching Certificate at the University. I played a few games for the YMCA and University but in early July we moved back to Bristol for two years where I had found a post at Merrywood G.S. As we were now living about twelve miles south of the city I chose to play for the local village side,  Felton,   rather than going back to the YMCA. In the event this proved to be very lucky for me because in I959 I helped in the formation of the Mendip Acorns.

 

Over the years they played most of their cricket in Somerset and Bristol and became closely connected with the Somerset and Gloucestershire county sides.     Over many years my connection with this club gave me the opportunity of playing with or against such stars as Zaheer Abbas, Sadiq Mohammed, Brian Close, Mike Procter, Fred Rumsey, Bill Alley, Peter Wight, Harold Stephenson, Brian Rose, Ken Palmer, Tony Brown, Roy Swetman and other lesser lights.

 

On moving to a post at Tavistock Comprehensive School in 1960 I joined the town club, at that time one of the best sides in Devon.  I stayed with them for thirteen years and then had a couple of years at Callington. In those two years we won the Hawkey Cup twice and, for good measure, the Devon Cup (if you are wondering, at that time Callington were an Associate Member of the Devon C.A. and so could enter for their cup competition). The win over Torquay in the final must rank as one of the finest performances ever (by a Cornish club side). Three years back with Tavistock followed before I went to Lanhydrock for the next seven years. At the age of fifty I started to drift around helping out clubs who were struggling for players. I spent time at Gunnislake, United Services,   Menheniot and Callington. In 2009 I finally ended up at Gunnislake, where I hope to end my playing days,   however long they might be.

 

In 1972 and 1973 I played ten games for the county and so realised a long standing ambition to get my name in Wisden.  In those few games I came up against Ian Botham, Derek Shackleton,   Vic Marks, Peter Roebuck and one or two others. Eventually I graduated to the Over 50s where I played with or against the likes of Stewart Storey, Roy Marshall, Malcolm Dunstan, Terry Willetts and Ken Biddulph

 

When I look back I do have thoughts that the team I could pick from players I have encountered would give any Test side of the past or present a very good game. My team would be Chris Rogers, Sadiq Mohammed, Zaheer Abbas, Mike Gatting, Mike Procter, Brian Close (Capt) Ian Botham, Godfrey Evans, David Allen, Norman Gifford and Derek Shackleton.  12th men Roy Marshall, Fred Rumsey and John Mortimore

Photos – Geoff receiving the Arthur Lugg Cup for services to the club from

Cornwall CCC President Col Ronnie Potts at the Club’s AGM in March 2016.

 Tributes
Callington CC Facebook

It is with great sadness I am writing to inform of the passing of Geoff Husband. A lot of us at the club will remember playing alongside Geoff in our younger years and will have many great memories of him. Geoff had been playing cricket for over 70 years!!! In that time he kept wicket for Callington, Cornwall’s full county side in the early 80’s, as well as captained the Over 50’s side in his later years. I’m sure you will all join in passing on our condolences to his wife Pauline and the rest of his family.

 Andrew Brenton Mr cricket remember if you ever wanted a game any day of the week youd just call Geoff . Condolences to the family
  • David Hodge Lovely Man, wonderful wicket keeper, with a dry sense of humour. A privilege to have known him. Two of Callington CCs’ best passed away now. George and Geoff.
  • Ashley Small Absolute demon behind the stumps even in his 70s condolences to the family
  • Andrew Brenton
    Andrew Brenton Remember a game that I played with geoff when I was young at lanhydrock. He was dropped to 5 from opening because he would just block and be so slow. His attitude was if I’m five I’ll bat like one . Went out with his harrow smashed it everywhere and won the game !
    Toby Beresford-Power Andrew Brenton I love that! He was one of the most strong-willed chaps I’ve ever met. It was part of his charm. What a fantastic man.

Anyone for Cricket Facebook Page

I have some sad news to pass on. Geoff Husband died at home yesterday, soon after being released from hospital. Pauline was with him and it was quick in the end. I know little more, although is was not Coronavirus. I have spoken to Pauline and passed on sympathy from our club. I first met Geoff when we moved to Metherell back in the mid 1980s, and he was pottering around the village cricket team back then offering his sage advice. This was during a brief break from cricket due to angina – little did we know there were still another thirty years to come! . Rest in peace Geoff

  • Paul Pointer Condolences from Saltash St Stephens CC ❤️
  • St Blazey Cricket Club
    St Blazey Cricket Club Condolences from all at St Blazey. 🏏
  • Saf Wallace
    Saf Wallace A true moment of sadness my hero mentor and friend I will miss him.
  • Charlie Ellis Awful news. A gem of a man and a brilliant cricketer. Will be greatly missed X
  • Ian Treehugger Dawe

    Ian Treehugger Dawe What a great guy, have had the pleasure to have many chats with him over the last few years when guesting for Gunnislake etc 😔

    A true gent and inspiration, love to his family and friends at this time.

     

  • Andrew Heayn
    Andrew Heayn Very sad news. RIP Geoffrey, you will be very much missed! Condolences from all at Truro CC.
  • Richard Budge
    Richard Budge So Sorry to hear this, from all at St Stephen cc. A true gentleman!!
  • Paul Glover
    Paul Glover I am so sorry only met Geoff a few times but a true gentleman he will be sadly missed
  • Abigail Matthews
    Abigail Matthews So sorry to hear this news. Brilliant Cricketer! Condolences from all at Launceston Cricket Club 
  • Peter West
    Peter West Condolences to the family , Geoff played a huge part in Cornish cricket.
    Had the privilege to play against him and with him for the Cornish Chough’s.
    RIP Geoff    Launceston C.C
  • Paul Glover
    Paul Glover I amso sorry for cornish crickets loss and my thoughts go to his family
  • Nigel Spencer
    Nigel Spencer Terribly sad moment a real gentleman and cricketer from an era where the game was played in the right spirit. Condolenses from all at roche cc
  • Martin Peters
    Martin Peters Another Cornish cricket legend departs us RIP
  • Chris Pearson
    Chris Pearson Sad news. A legend of local village cricket… RIP Geoff. Condolences from all at Yelverton Bohemians CC.
  • Gørdøn Wînt
    Gørdøn Wînt Such sad news. A Cornish cricketing legend and a gentleman. RIP Geoff,
  • David Noall
    David Noall I had the absolute pleasure of playing against and alongside the great man. A cracking innings Geoff, but you’ll be sorely missed 😢 RIP Geoff Husband. 🏏
  • Ian Roberts
    Ian Roberts Sad news for cricket!! a legend and a Gentleman rip Geoff condolences from all at luckett CC
  • Diane Pearce
    Diane Pearce Condolences from all at Grampound Road Cricket Club 🏏
  • Ollie Clarke
    Ollie Clarke My son was in the same Pencarrow side last I believe Geoff was 83 and Tom was 12. Lovely chap and so kind, he chatted to Tom for ages about all sorts of thing. Was a pleasure to meet him.
  • Nigel Dennis
    Nigel Dennis Sorry to hear this sad news, always happy to receive any advice from this very knowledgable gent. My condolences to the family
  • Ally Skeet
    Ally Skeet A sad time for Cornwall All age Cricket Geoff was a true Gentleman of the game always had time for a chat RIP from all at Cheesewring Cricket club 🏏🏏
  • Mark Everett
    Mark Everett I had the privilege of playing with Geoff and he was always a gentleman on and off the field. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.
  • Harry Sawyers
    Harry Sawyers Glad that I have the privilege to bowl him some of my dodgy legspin when I was a kid starting out playing for Tideford 2nds. Cornish cricketing legend. My sympathy goes to all of Geoffs family
  • Lewis Bond
    Lewis Bond Geoff was one of life’s true gents and will be sorely missed by a lot of people. He is a big part of our Club’s history. Condolences to Pauline and the rest of his family from us all at Callington CC
  • Peter Dingle
    Peter Dingle What a very sad loss to Cornish Cricket,a lovely man,great cricketer and a true gentleman,condolences to all his family
  • Philip O'Connell
    Philip O’Connell Sad news. A true gentleman of cricket. Condolences to the family from all at Menheniot Looe CC.
  • Godfrey Furse
    Godfrey Fursehe captained me when iwas 16 in a friendly decent opposition he let me bowl 25 overs proper cricket man gent
    • Steve Ford Devastating news cricket won’t be the same ♥️♥️🏏🏏
    • Rob Raven
      Rob Raven R.i.P Geoff my thoughts are with you and your family a true gentleman 🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏
    • Alan Shears
      Alan Shears 😪 Gentleman . Sad news !
    • Ian Roberts
      Ian Roberts Sad news for cricket a legend and a Gentleman rip Geoff
    • David James
      David James Had some great days out with Geoff when playing for Cornwall over 50s and 60 s ….remember fondly bowling a 25 overs spell at Penccarrow one game !!!
  • Luckett Cricket Club Sad news indeed. An absolute legend of Cornish cricket. Will be sorely missed. Condolences to the family from all at Luckett cc.
  • Chris Dennis
    Chris DennisMy first contact with Geoff was a fixture card for the O50s that arrived on my 50th birthday. Since meeting him at my first O50s game we have been in constant touch on all matters O50s and recently the reformed O60s. Geoff loved nothing more than a good yarn about cricket and I got to hear most of his stories over the years. O50s and O60s cricket will never be quite the same without a visit from Geoff. He was delighted that the O60s started up again and fulfilled all our fixtures in our first season back. I’m sure he would have be the first one to offer his services if a Cornwall O70s had formed. He will be greatly missed by all in the cricket fratenity throughout the county and further afield. Condolences to the family from Cornwall O60s and Perranporth CC.
    Stephen Windy WindmillA great man loved playing against him and playing a game or two with him for the over fifties social side. Wonderful wonderful ambassador of the game encouraged the young and those who were trying to just have a game. Rest in peace my friend
    • Ian Birch
      Ian Birch Geoff got me into cricket when i was a young lad when he helped form Harrowbarrow and Metherell cricket club back in the 80’s . Myself and a very young Peter Tancock learnt an awful lot in our early days from Geoff ….. he was a true gentleman and a cricketing legend !!
    • Steve Ford
      Steve Ford God bless Geoff ♥️♥️♥️🏏🏏x
    • Andrew Myers
      Andrew Myers The World is a lesser place today. RIP sportsman, gentleman and cricket giant.
    • Mark Pluckrose
      Mark Pluckrose I played in all formats of the game with Geoff for nearly fifty years he introduced me to many famous and interesting people. He also took me to many fantastic venues to play the game . He will be missed greatly at all clubs he visited regularly. RIP
    • Peter Anstey
      Peter Anstey Sad news rip Geoff,from all at Penzance cricket club
    • Trevor Collins
      Trevor Collins Sad news played with Geoff many times especially with the over 50 my Condolences to Pauline and family
      • Nigel Sanders What a very nice man Geoff was, I played against him for probably 40 odd years, he was an excellent keeper and for some who continued to keep well into his 80’s was pretty awesome! When I turned out for the Over 50’s and eventually captained them the advice he gave was always sound. The Cornish let’s say, more mature cricketers will miss him greatly, I am proud to have called him my friend. RIP Geoff. My commiserations to Pauline and the family.
      • Mustafa Shaikh
        Mustafa Shaikh Sincere condolences to the family.Met Geoff several times at Senior matches – always made me feel welcomed.
      • Tim Blamey

        Tim Blamey Condolences to you and all the family from all at Gorran CC..

         

      • Mark Trudgeon
        Mark TrudgeonA really nice human being, my condolences to all the family. RIP Geoff.

Stephen Rowe A pleasure to play with and against and a frustration to bowl at him…will be missed and was remembered at the League Management Meeting last night.

Graham Gayton Geoff was a wonderful man. He loved cricket and captained me in the Cornwall O60s team. Before one game, the players were ready to leave the changing room to start the game. Someone suggested a pre match team talk. Geoff made it clear that they never really worked in the past and at our ages we should know what to do.
Geoff was ‘old School’, who loved Cricket and those who played
I am shocked and disappointed to hear the news 🏏

Cricket Archive

 

During the winter of 2015/16 Geoff has been kept busy in scanning and submitting the Cornwall Over Fifties and Sixties scorecards to  the Cricket Archive website.

With most of the scorecards in place the collection complements the full Cornwall CCC archive of over 800 games.

 

The Over Fifties cards can be found at http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Teams/9/9395/Other_Matches.html

 

 

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