Everyone at Swardeston Cricket Club is deeply saddened at the news overnight that club stalwart John Bobbin has passed away after a long and courageous battle against cancer.
“The Booby” or “Boobers”, as he was affectionately known, was instrumental in the club’s rise through Norfolk cricket to the position it enjoys today as one of the leading clubs in East Anglia.
John was a driving force on the field when the modern club was reformed in the 1960s, first playing as a 14-year-old. He was a leading 1st X1 player as the club rose through the leagues of Norfolk cricket in the 1970s before being the much respected 2nd X1 Captain in the 1980s.
John was a Swardeston man through and through and had worked equally hard off the field to help ensure the club progressed from year to year but also never lost its true club spirit.
He will be greatly missed by us all at Swardeston and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Heather and daughters Claire and Lyndsay at this sad time.
A minute’s silence in memory of John will precede Swardeston games this weekend. The 2nd and 3rd XI’s observance will be before their Alliance games on Saturday and the 1st XI will be before Sundays’ Bob Carter Cup semi-final on John’s beloved Swardeston Common.