GCCC Announce The Death Of Arthur Milton
It is with deep regret that we have been informed of the death of former Gloucestershire great, Arthur Milton at his home today.
GCC Chairman, John Light, made the following tribute:
“There are so many reasons for the sadness we all feel at the loss of Arthur Milton. Anyone who can play both cricket and football to international level has to be especially gifted and indeed Arthur was. He attributed his soccer success to the passing accuracy of his inside right partner at Arsenal, Jimmy Logie. There was no Logie however in the Aston Gate mud. Arthur came home from Arsenal and gave impetus to the Cities promotion drive. The extra dimension he brought ensured promotion.
He made cricket seem so easy, playing largely off the back foot he always seemed to have so much time.
Running between the wickets was his forte. Was there ever a better runner between the wickets? Cover fielders were exasperated as “roll and stroll” Arthur took single after single.
“I have never seen this man Milton take a difficult catch” said a not very expert cricket watcher. What he should have said was “I have never seen Milton make a catch look difficult”. Such was his anticipation and sure handedness he was outstanding close to the wicket.
Arthur loved Bristol. The honorary degree the University gave him thrilled him. He was also proud to be Vice President of the County Club.
In later years he loved his mornings on the downs as postman and paper boy.
A humble, gracious, modest man Arthur set an example for so many to follow.
We at Gloucestershire are proud he played cricket for us and maintained his association with us until his death.”
Our utmost commiserations go to his wife Joan and his family. He will be greatly missed.