May 042020

The club are saddened to hear of the news of the passing of Bob Horrox this morning, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with illness.

Bob played for the club at intervals between 1955 and 1972 and took 237 wickets in the first team playing a significant part in a successful era for the club at a time when we saw professionals such as Clairmonte Depeiza, George Rock and Colin Lever. He played in the two Wood Cup victories in 1970 and 71.

A tall bowler, Bob often partnered club President Bob Cross with the new ball and was a more than useful, hard hitting, lower order batter.

The pair would go on to be partners off the field as well, in the Horrox, Cross & Wilkinson insurance business that is still a central feature in Heywood.

Bob lived on Egerton Street but had more latterly lived Trowbridge, Wiltshire and found travelling up for reunions and events difficult due to his illness.

A music lover with a keen ear for jazz and classical music Bob was particularly interested in his home sound systems.

Anyone wishing to send cards or wishes to Betty, Edward, Jimmy, Sally and the family can obtain the address from Bob & Helen Cross.

The club would be glad to hear of your memories of Bob at this sad time.

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  4 Responses to “Death Of Former Opening Bowler Bob Horrox”

  1. A very sad loss. Bob also played for Norden. He took more than 100 wickets in one season in the Lancashire and Cheshire League.


    Although I have been watching Heywood cricket teams since the early 1960s, I am struggling to recall Bob Horrox in his primary role as a seam bowler.
    He was also a useful lower order batsman, and it is in that regard I recall a memorable performance from him in a Wood Cup-tie at Radcliffe in the early 1970s.
    The home side posted a total approaching 160, so when Heywood limped to around 54-7 in reply the cause looked hopeless as Bob strode to the wicket.
    He was to produce one of the most memorable innings I can recall.
    Bob smashed the ball mainly hard and straight, many of his hits crashing into the sight screen or the perimeter wall. Heywood went on to pull the match out of the fire and Bob fully deserved the standing ovation from the visiting supporters.
    Statistics on this website record his highest ever score for Heywood as being 72 not out, and I suspect that must have been at the game I am alluding to.
    Off the field I found him to be a charming and personable man, and I enjoyed talking cricket with him – among other things – on many occasions.
    Myself and my wife Anne send our sincere condolences to his family.
    RIP, Bob.

  3. The whole club will be saddened by the loss of Bob Horrox. A member and player for so many years, he helped to establish Heywood as one of the leading cricket clubs in Lancashire. Even when he moved out of the area, he continued to support the club by remaining in the monthly draw. RIP Bob, and Betty and family please accept our sincere condolences.

  4. RIP to my old friend & teammate Bob Horrox a gentle giant off the field and a fierce competitor on it.
    I first played with Bob in the third team as a youngster when we won the Whittaker Cup in I think 1954, then again in the seventies after he returned from playing as a professional for Idle in the Bradford League.
    Bob was a fine fast bowler and combined with captain Bob Cross and pro Colin Lever to form one of the best bowling attacks in the CLL.
    I played in the game Steve talks about and what a inning it was, and he -played a few more like it, I remember running on to the the field at the end and trying to lift him up
    what a sight me 5ft 6″ and him 6ft 7″ He was part of a dressing room that no one wanted to leave after the game, Happy days
    Also to another Heywood lad Martin Platt who passed away recently.
    RIP old friends

    Trevor Brown
    Western Australia.

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