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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by sendô » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:07 am

I'm absolutely shocked by this. There was no hint that he was even ill. His family have requested donations to Prostate Cancer UK in lieu of flowers, which is perhaps a hint into what killed him.

It is perhaps somewhat unfair that 1981 was known as "Botham's Ashes", given how instrumental Willis was with that famous 8-43 at Headingly. As someone who wasn't around back then, I know Willis best for his punditry on The Debate, and especially his dry, droll and scathing style. I've always found his comments succinct and insightful, and he always seemed to call the issues correctly.

Vicky Gomersall was in tears reading the news of his death - a mark of how popular he seemed to be with his colleagues.

https://videos.marca.com/v/0_7q517an8-v ... os&count=0

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Toulouse_Iron » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:48 pm

R.I.P. Mr Willis.

Again, my mind goes back to that ashes series and that 8-43. Having watched highlights from it recently, the look in his eyes in that spell never left any room for doubt: he was going to bowl them out. The much-used phrase "Steely resolve" could be illustrated with that look.... Those 8 wickets went down as much by willpower as anything else!

By all accounts, universally respected and liked: a proper gentleman and a real legend.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Clacton-ammer » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:46 pm

Was proper shocked & saddened when I heard the news last night.

Echo what everyone has said about him. One of my favourite bits about Bob was the 45/60 min cricket show he did in the summer on SKY.

He was so entertaining and when he got the hump he really went into old man mode and was really cutting, just made ma laugh.

RIP great man.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by sendô » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:30 pm

Clacton-ammer wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:46 pm
He was so entertaining and when he got the hump he really went into old man mode and was really cutting, just made ma laugh.
It's funny, his voice was quite slow and monotonous at times, and like you say he'd go into proper grumpy old man mode when we were playing crap, and yet it was always interesting to listen to what he had to say, and entertaining in it's own way. The Debate will never be the same without him.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Clacton-ammer » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:26 pm

That's it "The Debate", quality show, but Bob will be hugely missed as for me he was "The Debate".

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Whitters » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:52 pm

I've very fond childhood memories of summers spent playing cricket in the park, and trying to imitate Bob's trademark cocked-wrist enormous run up. For those moments we were Bob Willis (until our resulting fast delivery went 5 yards wide of the stumps)

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by westham,eggyandchips » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:10 pm

sendô wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:07 am


Vicky Gomersall was in tears reading the news of his death - a mark of how popular he seemed to be with his colleagues.

https://videos.marca.com/v/0_7q517an8-v ... os&count=0
That done me. :(

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by OFT » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:04 pm

There's a really good tribute from TMS on BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07wy8jl

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by NT Hammer » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:34 pm

A mate did the MCG tour in Melbourne yesterday & said they did a really nice touch a display of Bob Willis memorabilia at the entrance of the tour

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Eggchaser » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:49 pm

Shocking and very sad news.

Like others I can remember watching the Ashes in 81.

Always enjoyed his punditry on Sky too.

RIP.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Tenbury » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:21 pm

Couldn't even comment yesterday.
I guess the heroes of your youth pass away and it highlights your own mortality, but this guy,for me was more than just a great cricketer, he was a brilliant bloke.
He loved cricket, red wine and Wagner......How f*ckin cool is that? R.I.P. Bob.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by LincolnshireHammer » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:21 am

Well Charles....!

Certainly have lost a legend in Bob. He was fantastic in the verdict, no nonsense type which is sadly lacking with modern pundits.

Greatly missed! Go easy.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by pablo jaye » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:57 pm

Whitters wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:52 pm
I've very fond childhood memories of summers spent playing cricket in the park, and trying to imitate Bob's trademark cocked-wrist enormous run up. For those moments we were Bob Willis (until our resulting fast delivery went 5 yards wide of the stumps)
We used to do the same - and would see how long we could make our run ups, which would also follow the most ridiculous arc in homage to Bob. RIP Mr 8-43

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by the pink palermo » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:44 pm

Very sad news indeed, a superb fast bowler who gave his all for England and who remains our 4th highest taker of test wickets.

The peak was his 8-43 against Australia a bit of bowling i've only seen bettered by one Englishman, that being Devon Malcoms 9-57 against South Africa.

A bone fide legend of English cricket.

R.I.P.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by Puff Daddy » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:53 pm

the pink palermo wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:44 pm
Very sad news indeed, a superb fast bowler who gave his all for England and who remains our 4th highest taker of test wickets.

The peak was his 8-43 against Australia a bit of bowling i've only seen bettered by one Englishman, that being Devon Malcoms 9-57 against South Africa.

A bone fide legend of English cricket.

R.I.P.
Ah yes ! Devon Malcolm. Wasn't he the bloke with no neck?

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by pablo jaye » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:52 pm

Gladstone Small was he of no neck ... he would have been called Gladstone Tall otherwise.

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Re: Bob Willis RIP

Post by sosc67 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:51 am

One of my best memories of Bob Willis when he was in Newcastle(oz) he gave a coaching clinic to us young aspiring fast bowlers was there 3 hours giving up his time answering every question thrown out him. Was a Gentlemen of the highest order.

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