Ginger Thurlow – A True Dulwich Stalwart

I am sorry to report that JL received a call from Andy Lang on Wednesday 28th November to say that Gerald Victor Thurlow passed away on Wednesday 28th November.

‘Ginger’ as he was affectionately known was a true gentleman and a real Dulwich CC stalwart. Ginger first joined our club as an umpire and occasional player in the 1960’s. Ginger’s true domain was the bar where his description of his own achievements on the park and those of others was truly heroic. Ginger was a great bloke to play with and to socialise with. When fielding, Ginger considered that he did well to stop the ball. He was convinced that there was a hole in his shins. Many of us who played with him witnessed feats of fielding that are not present in the T20 game! Ginger’s game was certainly a talking point in the bar!

Ginger introduced the award of the ‘Worthington E’ cap to the Sunday Third XI games. After the match was concluded, Ginger would award the cap to the least distinguished performer or perhaps the most distinctive or bizarre contribution. Unsurprisingly the award often went to one of the Bowyers or sometimes to Alan Armstrong, Jim Gibson, Bob Hope or Gavin Burden.  Unsurprisingly, Frank Jackson or John Edwards might have protested but they won it too! The weekly award demonstrated Ginger’s impish sense of humour, his natural wish to emphasise the fun side of cricket together with his abhorrence of keg beer. Ginger would have the team travelling miles to frequent one of his favourite pubs (The Hope) or merely get us to go out of the way to sample the nectar supplied by Young’s brewery.

Members of Dulwich Cricket Club were privileged to share Ginger’s time with Herne Hill Wanderers’ CC, Croydon & District Pawnbrokers CC and also Peckham Thursdays CC.  Ginger was able to combine some work in Insurance with a lot of mid- week cricket. The match was only the prelude to singing and drinking, accompanying Bob Bampton on the squeezebox and watching Georgie on the ‘spoons’. The range of songs was impressive with performances to match. Ginger himself was no slouch as a singer – ‘Burlington Bertie’ being one of his favourites. Those of us privileged to know and play with Ginger realised that after the game, the whole evening was set up with perhaps some impairment of senses on the following morning!  Ginger made friends easily but, in those days, he was often seen with Duncan Ryder and the Keene family. Woodsie told me that he learnt many things as a young cricketer from those weekday matches.

Ginger was a naturally generous man and proud of his club. After he finished wearing whites (flannels or umpires coat) he continued to come along to watch Dulwich perform at home. Some few years ago, Ginger was admitted to a nursing home in Sidcup where he was regularly visited by his great friend and supporter over forty years, Andy Lang.  I know that the Alan & Adie Armstrong were frequent visitors. JL, Jimmy and I went to visit Ginger. As soon as we talked about the old days, a glimmer would come in to his eye and he would recall some event that made smiles in everyone’s face. Ginger never cared about statistics and averages – he was more interested in taking part, enjoying the game and sharing each other’s company. He was great company, a natural raconteur, a man with a sense of humour and someone who always made newcomers welcome. He also had some strong views as friends will recall!

I suspect that Ginger was in his mid- eighties. We will find out more at his funeral which takes place at 4-15pm on Tuesday 18th December at the Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End Road. BR3 4TD. If I have missed something out, please contribute about the passing of a true gentleman of Dulwich Cricket Club. I hope that DCC can be well represented at the end of Ginger’s innings.

I end with sadness but with fond memories.
John Smith

The photograph below shows some old timers from the 1970s and 80s – Lance Keene, Peter Rice, Francis Bowyer, John Sunter, John Smith, Andy Ford, Colin Smith, Jeremy Gotch and Stuart Courtney. Seated are Jimmy Gibson, Andy Lang, Ginger Thurlow, John Lawrence, Giles Bowyer, Peter Rochford, John Soldan and David Woods.

We have received a number of tributes:

Peter Rice wrote – Many thanks for telling me of the sad news of Ginger’s passing. He was indeed one of the Club’s true characters & I have fond memories of him umpiring & of course in the bar, particularly after the Herne Hill Wanderers match. I hope to be available to attend his funeral.

Andy Niven wrote – It was Ginger’s enthusiasm for the game and a genuine interest in how everyone was health wise and cricket wise.  Great fun to be with and one of those guys you couldn’t help but love and enjoy being with. A Top man!

Jim Gibson wrote – Sad news indeed. Your tribute sums him up perfectly. A wonderful warm bloke who loved a pint and a laugh at any time of the day or night. I still have one undying memory of bowling from Smithies house end and a batsman hitting the ball very hard straight past me. Brian Jeacocke and Ginger Thurlow gave chase. The ball won, unsurprisingly.

Peter Rochford wrote – very sorry to hear about Ginger, he was in some of my earlier games at DCC in the late 70s, everything you said brought back those earlier memories of Ginger and how he made a new member laugh and feel at home.

Pat, Lance and Perry Keene wrote -Thank you for letting us know about Ginger.  Very sad news. Lance, Perry and I have been reminiscing about the old cricket days and what a lovely lot of memories. Before insurance, Ginger was a postman so his party piece was “I am going to write myself, a letter and make believe it came from you” followed by “I’m shy Mary Ellen I’m shy”.  So those were the days as far as cricket was concerned. Everyone enjoyed the cricket but what was also important was the families and supporters that came every week.

Stuart Courtney wrote- Thanks for letting me know. Ginger was always great fun and you have paid him a lovely tribute. Please let me know when the funeral is.

John Sunter wrote- So sorry to hear the news of Ginger’s passing. I hope the attached photograph will evoke some happy memories.

David Woods wrote- Sad news indeed. Pat’s words reminded me of my Herne Hill Wanderers days at the age of fifteen when she and Alan along with Lance Perry and Ginger chauffeured me around to all the games. He gave me my first Gray Nicholls cricket bat, got me drinking proper beer and was largely responsible for me joining Dulwich CC at the age of sixteen. His infectious smile, jokes, songs and being a caring friend will always be remembered. Thanks Ginger

John Soldan wrote – John, those are brilliant words and if you had not included the name of who you were writing about, we would all have shouted “that’s Ginger”. You have summed him up magnificently and we have lost a friend and a great character.

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John Smith – Thank You!

Dulwich Cricket Club’s Annual General Meeting held last Thursday (15th November) truly signalled the end of an era. After 32 years at the helm John Smith has stood down as President of Dulwich Cricket Club.

John has joked (we think) many times over the years of his wish to step down as President but, over the last 12 months, this has become a reality. Partly due to his health issues, but also he felt it the right time. After 32 years, who could argue with that. All through his time John has stressed the honour and pleasure that the role has given him.

It has hard to put in to words the impact and contribution John has made to the Club. He has led it through some difficult times in the past and I know that he is pleased that he has stepped down when the Club is in a stronger position than it has been for many years. Not only has John been a leading light within the Cricket Club, he has also made significant contributions over the years to the wider Dulwich Sports Club. In addition, John was instrumental in the establishment of the Southwark Community Sports Trust which gives our Club a fantastic facility on our doorstep. Outside of this John was at the forefront of the establishment of the 4th XI league within the Surrey Championship.

Through all his time as President he has led us with honesty, diligence, humour as well as a lot of hard work much of which takes place behind the scenes and goes unnoticed by many. He has been a regular, familiar face in the bar always having an interest in the performances of the teams and individuals, and making new players feel welcome. John has also been a regular on a number of Dulwich Cricket Club overseas tours and smaller ones within the UK.

At Committee level he has kept the Club focused on the priorities and always looking to how we can improve, whilst making everyone who gives up their time feel involved and valued.

I am sure that many players and associates of Dulwich Cricket Club past and present will join me in thanking John for everything, and to wish him all the very best for the future. Thankfully, he is not going away and will continue with his involvement with the Southwark Community Sports Trust and as a ‘player’ for the Club. It is fair to say that John’s contributions over the years have been far greater off the field than on it!

I will close with some words from John himself about his time as President sent from Sri Lanka where he is enjoying the current Test series..

‘I have been privileged to serve as President of Dulwich Cricket Club and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the Club in future seasons.   I cannot end my years of office without thanking countless friends and fellow members who have contributed so much to making Dulwich Cricket Club such a progressive, profitable and important club. Over the past 30 years it has been my privilege to serve alongside really resourceful Treasurers, efficient and wise Secretaries supported by enthusiastic committee members and fund raisers. On the field, the many captains have been a source of great inspiration and leadership.  Dulwich tours have provided so many rich experiences whilst enhancing our Club’s reputation.  Our coaches, age group managers and junior administrators, umpires and scorers volunteer to put in so many hours to bolster our club.

For me, Dulwich Cricket Club has always provided an atmosphere where juniors, ladies and men of all ages can enjoy their cricket. We are lucky to be part of a wider Sports Club where all the sports can share in the growth and development of our facilities. In closing, I recall my first season at Dulwich in 1977. It seems like only yesterday but the outstanding theme has been the great camaraderie and generosity of Dulwich players, real enjoyment on the field and many substantial sporting achievements. ‘

John will be an incredibly hard act to follow and in no way do I expect to be able to fill his shoes and achieve all he has done. But we all owe it to John to carry on the legacy he has left as best we can to make Dulwich Cricket Club stronger, on and off the field. He would not want to dwell too much on the past and would urge us to look forward but,


Thank you, John.

Graeme Hough
President of Dulwich Cricket Club

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Dates For Your Diary

Dulwich Cricket Club Annual General Meeting

This is to give notice that the Club’s AGM will be taking place on Thursday, 15th November in the clubhouse starting at 7.30pm.

The AGM represents your opportunity to hear about the current state of the Club and to appoint officers and captains for 2019.

This year’s Agenda can be found here, and the Finance Report can be found here.

If you are a member of the senior section, you should have received a e-mail asking you to vote for your Player’s Player of the year. Please respond in time for the AGM if you haven’t already!

Dulwich Sports Club Fireworks Party – Saturday 3rd November

This is the Sports Club’s biggest fund raising event of the year with thousands in attendance. If you are willing to help out on the night (thanks to all those who have already offered) then please let me know at the earliest opportunity.

If not just come down, bring your family, etc, for what is always a good evening whatever the weather!

For more information and to book your tickets in advance please visit Dulwich Sports Club bonfire and fireworks night

Dulwich Cricket Club end of season celebration and awards event

This was scheduled to take place on Saturday, 10th November but has been postponed to a date to be confirmed in mid to late January.

We apologise for this but a number of key people are absent out in Sri Lanka watching the cricket at that time – including our President John Smith and Head Chef for the evening, Prasanna Callaghan.

Once a date is confirmed we will let everyone know.

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New players for 2018

Who We Are 

With a proud tradition running back over 150 years, Dulwich CC is South London's most central cricket club playing high level Surrey Championship cricket.

We run 7 teams on a Saturday, 5 of which play league cricket. Our ground has just undergone redevelopment which included the addition of brand new state of the art nets.

As you would expect with our proximity to the capital, we have a vibrant social atmosphere where players come to enjoy hard fought competitive cricket, but where cricket also forms a key part of their social life.

What We Are Looking For

We have some ambitious targets that involve improved and sustained success. We are looking to recruit high performing 1st and 2nd XI players to join our cause – not just for a season but to be part of our club and part of achieving these goals.

What You Can Expect From Us

We appreciate that people joining our club are committing their Saturdays for entire summers. We therefore commit to making sure that you have the best support to ensure you can perform and develop as a player at our club:

  • Winter net practice at The Oval, home of Surrey CC
  • Two weekly net sessions throughout the summer with our qualified coaches
  • Ad-hoc access to our net facilities and bowling machine
  • One-to-one coaching sessions throughout the season
  • Free playing shirt and cap for every member
  • A lot of fun (just check out a video one of our players made from a game)

Get In Touch

To find out more about joining Dulwich Cricket Club, please contact graeme.hough@hca.gsi.gov.uk

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6 a-side Cricket – Sunday 24th June

Do you have what it takes to beat the 2017 champions? Why not have a go!

All club members are welcome to take part, regardless of age, ability or gender. Teams need to have a minimum of 6 players but squads can be larger, with players taking turns to play. Please feel free to organise your own team or register your name and we will do the rest. Please send your team name to prasannacallaghan@hotmail.com.

See the flyer here!

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