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Bob Willis RIP

Post by Hindley Hammer » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:00 pm

Bob Willis has died aged 70

RIP Bob
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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by davids cross » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:05 pm

No !!!....Just no !!!

Not Bob.

The long curving run up and shaggy hair was my boyhood years.

Loved him too. Shocked. Not Bob

RIP.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Monkey Mike » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:10 pm

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.

RIP

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by smuts » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:20 pm

:(

Couldn't believe it when that popped up.

RIP Bob.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Rio » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:31 pm

As fine a broadcaster as he was a player.

RIP Bob

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Puff Daddy » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:34 pm

Kinnell ! Although I didnt think he looked very well when I last saw him on the box, last summer

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by SammyLeeWasOffside » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:37 pm

Well thats come as a shock. Sad news indeed.

Rip

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Bob Willis RIP

Post by Estuary » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:47 pm

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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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by old fart » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:49 pm

Lordy.....loved Bob for his no nonsense professionalism
Begiinning to feel feel mortal only 3 years in it

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Chicken Run Supreme » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:53 pm

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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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Up the Junction » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:55 pm

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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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by swash » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:29 pm

Gutted, Rip Big Man

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by bubbles1966 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:10 pm

Proper sad.

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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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by simon hammer » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:17 pm

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.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Bend it like Repka » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:20 pm

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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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by OFT » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:47 pm

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.
Thankyou Bob.
RIP

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by alf git » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:37 pm

A true legend of English cricket.

RGD Willis
RIP

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by steps » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:21 pm

8-43.

Absolute hero.

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. :cry:

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by NT Hammer » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:24 pm

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

RIP Bob

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by westham,eggyandchips » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:22 am

No nonsense Bowler. No nonsense broadcaster.

Great Man.

RIP.

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