Jeremy Gotch - a life member of Dulwich Sports Club
As many of you will know Jeremy Gotch passed away on Wednesday 28th August 2013 in King’s College Hospital.
Jeremy was a prominent member of the Dulwich Sports Club including being the Secretary of the newly founded club in the 1960’s. Along with Tony Fairbairns, Jeremy’s fund raising efforts were rewarded by the completion of the building of the Pavilion where Cricket, Tennis, Bowls, Hockey, Croquet and Squash would be housed. His work was recognised when he was voted a life member of the Sports Club– an honour that Jeremy was never to forget.
Jeremy celebrated his 79th birthday earlier this year. He had played regularly for Dulwich Cricket Club in the 1960’s making his debut in 1962. His scores did not always reflect his enthusiasm although he did make a highest score of 58 not out in 1964. Jeremy’s best innings was perhaps in 1966 when playing for the first XI against Beckenham. The upper order was quickly removed and Jeremy was in before lunch! He held his wicket intact until Trevor Rosier (one of the finest players in Dulwich’s history) arrived. Trevor had been delayed but made amends after lunch as Dulwich scored enough runs to win the game. Jeremy was the hero of the hour.
Jeremy was a great family man who married Janet early in his cricket career and they marked fifty five years of marriage last December. They were delighted to have three children: Jennifer, Sarah and Christopher and subsequently five grandchildren.
As his family and City business commitments grew, Jeremy was not able to spend as much time at the club as he would have liked. Jeremy’s city connections were many and varied. He was well known within the City representing his livery company. To his great credit he rose to become a Sherriff in the City of London.
Once Jeremy retired from business, he really got busy! He started fund raising for the St John’s ambulance –where he raised over a million pounds. Jeremy was honoured to be made a Knight of St John for his work in 1996.
Jeremy assisted many charities through his thoughtful interventions and his generosity. It was always evident that he and Janet were amongst the busiest couples in Dulwich but they both always found time to attend cricket club events. Jeremy would always make time for individuals and his cheery manner was his trademark. Jeremy became a prime mover in the Dulwich Indoor Cricket School project. The thought of raising half a million pounds only made him more determined. Working on such a complex project, Jeremy demonstrated leadership, enthusiasm and great patience. We will fight all the harder to raise money for the project in memory of Jeremy. Janet has already pledged to continue with the 49 Club.
As a youngster, Jeremy was a child prisoner of war in Shanghai. He often talked in schools about growing up in such adverse conditions and dealing with privation at an early age. Jeremy understood the importance of creating opportunity for youngsters to play sport – especially those who did not have a chance to play cricket at school.
Jeremy continued to enjoy playing sport throughout his life– keeping up with badminton. Sadly Jeremy had a massive heart attack in July and was admitted to intensive care in King’s. The odds of survival for the first twenty four hours were only 50% but Jeremy fought hard (as we might expect). Janet and the family were able to spend some time with him on the ward. However his heart was badly damaged and sadly he died surrounded by his family six weeks after the attack.
I will always recall Jeremy’s presence – a man with a smile, a gift for friendship and an appetite for hard work. He will be much missed by many friends and his family. Even at this sad time, it is important to remember that many lives were enhanced and brightened by knowing Jeremy Gotch. Jeremy was an outstanding member of the community in Dulwich who gave generously of his time throughout his life and made a real difference. We send heartfelt condolences to Janet and his family.
John Smith, Chairman.
I am very sorry to inform you that David Edwards, the Secretary of the Surrey Championship passed away suddenly on Sunday 3rd February.
David had been a most influential and hardworking member of the Surrey Championship Executive since 2000 and Secretary since 2004. Not only did David and his wife Virginia toil on behalf of cricketers across Surrey but his tireless work took him to meetings across London and the South East. David was key member of the Championship executive team whose opinion was much valued by successive Championship Chairman as well as by many club captains and players.
David and Virginia were frequent visitors to Dulwich and we always enjoyed their company. David knew many members in the Dulwich Cricket Club – partly from his many years of umpiring but also he made it his business to get know players and officials. David’s wit and good humour made him very good company. David did not force his views on anyone but his advice was sound and practical.
David was a fast bowler at Spencer before becoming an umpire and he served as an official but also as chairman and secretary of the umpires panel in both London and Surrey. We will never replace a man of David’s energy and wisdom but we know that his drive was based upon a love of cricket. Virginia will be devastated by the sad loss of her husband and also her great soul mate. We know that Virginia has not enjoyed the best of health in recent years.
Letters of condolence may be sent to 22 Kingfisher Gardens, CR2 8QZ.
In closing I should add that the Surrey flag at the Oval and the MCC flag at Lords were lowered today in David’s honour – a fitting tribute for a great cricket man and a real advocate for the spirit of cricket. David will be sorely missed.
John Smith, Chairman.
I am sorry to relate that Roy Richards died on 18th December with his family gathered around him. Roy joined the club in 1977 and played regularly until he moved away to Hindhead in 1990.
Roy became a large figure in Dulwich bar very quickly. He was the Club's leading wicket-taker in his first season taking 77 wickets with his off spin and one of the most frequent visitors to the bar. In that debut season he had a personal best of 9-24 (including a hat-trick) for the Sunday 1st XI against Kenley.
DCC 1st 1978 XI
Roy was a very popular figure on the field and in the clubhouse. Always willing to join in the social side, Roy soon became a favourite with the overseas players earning the sobriquet “Fos” Richards. Roy was one of the first team to tour the North East and Yorkshire. He delighted to tell all who would listen how he and Jeff Crowe scored four sixes in an over at Darlington. Sadly Roy was out caught on the boundary going for the fifth six. Roy was a great tourist and a loyal club man.
Roy was a first team regular in his twenties until he became skipper of the Saturday second X1 in 1986. He captained a happy and competitive side for three seasons. In all Roy played in 243 games taking 344 wickets at an average of 17.92. Towards the end of his career Roy also bowled some medium pace so that he could concentrate on his batting. Roy was always confident in his ability as a batsman – perhaps more than the selectors. He scored 1,437 runs at an average of 14.37 which belied the fact that he recorded a couple of fifties in the Surrey Championship. His highest score was 72 not out for the Saturday 3rd XI against Malden Wanderers in 1980.
Roy as a natural rugby player and a golfer, always enjoyed fielding taking 50 catches for the club. As a player Roy enjoyed the game but nothing gave him more delight when his son Jamie played for the President's XI taking seven wickets against the club in 2009.
Roy kept in touch with the club watching games as well as meeting with current and former players. However over the last ten years he fought a long and brave battle against cancer. Over the last year the cancer took more of a grip so that everyday life had become more difficult. To their immense credit, Debbie and the family ensured that Roy stayed at his home throughout the closing months. We know that his last hours were peaceful and that he felt no pain at the end.
Roy was a major part of our club for over thirteen years and we will miss him. Roy was 58 in July. He was very proud of his three children Katie, Gemma and Jamie and his refusal to bow to the illness meant that he saw all three grow up.
I am proud to have known Roy for forty years. I am sure that Dulwich cricketers will find an occasion to remember him. I also know that he was clear that we should continue to live life to the full. I hope that you can find a way to celebrate Roy's life. His family have set up a Just Giving account in remembrance, with donations going to Friends of the Beacon.
John Smith, Chairman.
Lloyd Leslie Jones
I am very sorry to tell you that Lloyd Leslie Jones passed away in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday 12th August.
Lloyd devoted a great deal of his time to Dulwich Cricket Club. He umpired his first game for Dulwich at Beddington on 16th July 1983. He soon became an important member of the club through his love of the game and unstinting commitment to umpiring at Dulwich. Lloyd umpired the first XI games. As league cricket developed the Surrey Championship umpires panel, Lloyd received countless offers to become a panel umpire. He refused as he wished to umpire at Dulwich where he could officiate in games involving friends and be near to his club. Lloyd was respected as a man who put cricket first and was an umpire who held the spirit of cricket close to his heart.
Lloyd was always willing to offer words of advice to young cricketers and to support players struggling with their own game. Lloyd was popular with opposition teams and after retiring from work soon became prominent in weekday cricket and often umpiring in University cricket as well. He was very proud of his Jamaican upbringing and needed little prompting to talk about his own background linking discipline, talent and family values.
Lloyd was an immensely popular member of Dulwich Cricket Club and was very proud to be elected a Vice-President in 2001. He was made a Life Member in 2003. When the life membership award was announced at a club dinner the standing ovation caused tears to be shed by Lloyd and a number of his friends. As time passed, Lloyd still offered to stand in all day games despite the cold, rain and sometimes the heat. He was a proud man who wished to help the game of cricket and his club, he stood as umpire in his last game at home to Catford & Cyphers on 28th September 2008 at the age of 69. In all, he umpired a total of 1,193 games for Dulwich, an average of nearly 50 a season during his 25 years. That record of service will not be matched very soon. Lloyd’s passion was cricket – umpiring for both first and second elevens on Saturday, the first eleven on Sunday and nearly all our midweek games. If offered a colts game or a friendly, he was only too pleased to help.
In the club house and dressing rooms, Lloyd was a real character, sharing a joke would mean much laughing, uncontrollable giggling and the inevitable glint in his eye. After standing down from officiating, Lloyd still came to watch Dulwich however ill health dogged him in his retirement from umpiring. He suffered a stroke three years ago and then latterly dementia. Lloyd was cared for by his partner, Dorothy who made many sacrifices to look after her Lloyd. Dorothy knew that Lloyd lived for cricket and therefore Sky TV was needed for their flat, even though cricket watching was not her first choice. Just over a year ago Lloyd needed 24 hour care and was admitted to a residential home where Lloyd was nicknamed the cricketer. Unsurprisingly he was a favourite with the nurses and on visits still showed flashes of his legendary sense of humour.
After a couple of visits to hospital, Lloyd was admitted ten days ago with respiratory problems. At one stage he looked to be on the mend and responding to medication. However he passed away in his sleep last weekend.
Although Lloyd’s age was a closely guarded secret, we know that he was born on 23rd December 1938 and lived all his 73 years as if he were much younger. Lloyd is survived by two sons Adrian and Brian.
Stuart Ferguson has been a staunch friend of Lloyd and Dorothy and together we have passed on the collective condolences of our club to Dorothy.
I know that we will all miss Lloyd Leslie Jones.
John Smith, Chairman.
Rice reaches 30,000 runs for Dulwich CC!
Friday 8th June 2012 – Club legend Peter Rice reached another historic milestone for the club by knocking off his 30,000th run while top-scoring with 56 in the 6th XI’s victory over Mottingham. Congratulations to Peter on a fantastic achievement!
Peter Rice reaches 30,000 runs for the club in the victory over Mottingham
Special Landmark for Peter Rice and Dulwich
Friends and fellow players are delighted to congratulate Peter Rice on his incredible achievement of playing every single season for the club since 1958. That makes fifty four seasons in total. There can’t be many club cricketers in the whole country with a record to match that.
Peter has scored nearly 30,000 runs for our club (to be precise, he is just 61 runs short of that landmark). Those runs have flowed off his bat in 1,482 games for Dulwich. Peter is just 18 short of 1,500 and we look forward to celebrating yet another landmark this summer. As we know Peter’s celebrations tend to include copious quantities of gin and tonic. Noreen is still calculating his total G&T aggregate. Peter has so far made eight centuries and 125 fifties, with a highest score of 121 not out.
Peter has held 476 catches and also made 5 stumpings in his long career. Although not a regular bowler, Peter has taken nearly 150 wickets and, listening to him, he is by no means finished as a bowler. Peter may have taken more wickets if he had not spent so much time as a skipper. Peter first captained the Saturday 1st X1 at Dulwich from 1966 to 1968 (3 seasons) and again from 1976 to 1979 (4 seasons). Peter led the team to the Surrey Championship title and the final of the National Club Knock Out competition at Lords in the 1976 season.
Peter was a highly respected captain in the Surrey Championship with a great understanding of opponents and colleagues alike. Peter always led from the front as a skipper and some of his best innings were made, when the going was tough. Peter continues to play for the Surrey Championship Old Boys – the Paralytics X1 and also for the MCC in mid week.
Peter led the Club on a mid week tour to Yorkshire in 1977 and re-started the tradition of club tours at Dulwich. After three visits to the White Rose county, Peter then led the club on twenty one successive tours to South Wales. Peter’s organisational skills, cricket networks and friendly personality made each of these club tours a great sporting and social success – probably also convincing Peter about his bowling skills.
We are proud that Peter followed his father’s example of contribution of the field as well. Peter’s father Eric was President of the Cricket Club in the 1970’s and Peter was elected a Vice President in 1983 and made a Life Member in 1996. On completion of 50 years' playing membership of the Cricket Section, he was made a Life Member of the Dulwich Sports Club.
Peter has consistently been proud to be a member of Dulwich Cricket Club. As a colleague, Peter is always available to help fellow members and on his birthday, friends at Dulwich Cricket Club salute Peter for his memorable and continuing contribution to our club.
David Hookes Memorial Shield
Monday 11th July 2012 – Last Wednesday, the club hosted a very special cricket match when the Great Britain Transplant XI played the Australian Transplant XI in a one day international cricket game. The match was also timed to coincide with Organ Transplant awareness week. The limited overs match was played for the David Hookes Memorial Shield which was won by the Great Britain XI. More info and pictures can be found in the new 'Social Cricket' section of the Galleries page.
Dulwich CC Alumni
Monday 11th July 2012 – Former Dulwich cricketers used the opportunity of the Australia Transplant XI playing the GB Transplant XI at Dulwich to meet together. Robyn Hookes was making her first visit to Dulwich to see where her husband David played in 1975.