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Bob Willis has died aged 70
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No !!!....Just no !!!
The long curving run up and shaggy hair was my boyhood years.
Loved him too. Shocked. Not Bob
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I didn't realise he was as old as 70. Sad news, a cracking bowler, decent bloke and part of one of the greatest ever Test victories.
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Couldn't believe it when that popped up.
- Ronnie Biggs was here
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As fine a broadcaster as he was a player.
- Gone for a Burton
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Kinnell ! Although I didnt think he looked very well when I last saw him on the box, last summer
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Well thats come as a shock. Sad news indeed.
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Bob Willis has died, he was the only world class English fast bowler of his generation, is still 4th on the all time wicket takers list and along with Botham gave us one of the greatest sporting performances from an English sporting team. No one who saw it will ever forget Bob charging in at Headingley, the body taunt and the look of utter bloody minded determination on his face.
Thanks Bob, I sat and watched every moment of one of the most improbable and unforgettable games of anything ever. Rest in Peace
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Lordy.....loved Bob for his no nonsense professionalism
Begiinning to feel feel mortal only 3 years in it
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Sad news indeed. That long lost summer series against the old enemy in 1981 was what got me into Test Cricket. Headingley and Edgbaston were both amazing Test matches and Bob was pivotal in each of them along with Beefy. A summer that had lived on long in the memory and one I'll never forget. A great broadcaster too. RIP
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Hugely saddened by this news. I spent many a happy hour in the school holidays watching him take apart some of the best attacking line-ups in the history of cricket. RIP, RGD.
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Bob, Beefy, Dilley, Boycott, Gower, Goochie, Bob Woolmer, Chris Old, Emburey and Edmonds, David Steele, Deadly Derek Underwood, Arkle Randall...seems like yesterday, can still remember the counties they played for and all that...
Bit of childhood that's gone. Like I say, proper sad.
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Rest in peace Bob.
His 8-43 will long be remembered as one of the finest spells of bowling ever seen. The hair, the run up, the steely look and the wickets...as fine a bowler as ever had been.
Bend it like Repka
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I can only echo what others are saying here. My childhood sitting in front of the TV watching cricket on the Beeb.
Who wants to play outside when you can watch Bob take 8 wickets against all odds (well 500 -1).
Magnificent bowler who I probably didn't appreciate enough at the time as I was transfixed by the amount of swing Beefy could generate.
RIP to an all time great.
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Estuary wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:47 pm
along with Botham gave us one of the greatest sporting performances from an English sporting team. No one who saw it will ever forget Bob charging in at Headingley, the body taunt and the look of utter bloody minded determination on his face.
That's the very first image of him that came to me on hearing this sad news.
Loved him as a commentator too.
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A true legend of English cricket.
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Not only for what he’s done for the game but also in broadcasting. I’ve religiously watched The Debate for his insight and razor sharp wit. But he could do it with class and dignity as opposed to the wind-up troll merchant pundit brigade that are all too common these days.
The ECB put out a succinct tweet “cricket’s lost a true friend” which had me welling up a bit.
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See that news this morning was a real “uh no” moment.
Sad news great player and loved listening to him on the verdict. Said it how it was but you could tell he was a good guy .
Remember in the Ashes when Root took the piss in good fun
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No nonsense Bowler. No nonsense broadcaster.