Author Topic: Bob Willis  (Read 98 times)

gavin

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Bob Willis
« on: December 04, 2019, 20:48:34 »
A great cricketer. One of the greatest performances in sporting history at Headingley. He was a wonderful, opinionated expert on cricket for Sky - the complete antithesis of anodyne Jamie Redknapp. Also a big City fan and often mentioned City on air long before we were good. RIP blue.

Hesperus

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Re: Bob Willis
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 21:14:47 »
I grew up watching him play for England and he was one of the main reasons for my love of all things Cricket.

Chatted to him for ages about City after a test match in Sri Lanka many years ago. Got a great picture of me in my City shirt with him towering above me! 

Really friendly guy and a great pundit after he retired from the game.

70 is no age. RIP Bob.

gavin

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Re: Bob Willis
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019, 21:47:50 »
He was the epitome of 'playing like a man possessed' at Headingley in 1981. I feel like professional sportsmen should show that level of commitment and determination in every game but clearly they don't. A lot of footballers look barely arsed enough to play at times.

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Re: Bob Willis
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2019, 09:16:28 »
top bloke RIP

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Re: Bob Willis
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2019, 11:12:20 »
They called them Bothams ashes, but Willis performance with the ball was crucial. Is Hesperus a dwarf? When someone goes, it always reminds me to live life to the full.

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Re: Bob Willis
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2019, 14:16:16 »
. Is Hesperus a dwarf?

Lol, yeah! 🙂.

5 foot 6 vs 6 foot 5!

bluebrendan

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Re: Bob Willis
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2019, 20:12:57 »
They called them Bothams ashes, but Willis performance with the ball was crucial.
Yes, he had as much bearing on the outcome of that series as Beefy, tremendous bowler with that quirky run-up.