Thursday 11 September 2008 

Hampshire Cricket Mourns Loss Of Terry Trodd

Much-loved Hampshire youth cricket coach Terry Trodd has passed away after losing his year-long fight against cancer.

Trodd, whose family name is inextricably linked with the Old Tauntonians & Romsey Cricket Club, coached the cream of the county’s youngsters for 25 years, since the 1980s, and last year managed the Hampshire U17s to ECB national county title by beating Durham at Hove.

He was a well known and hugely popular figure in county youth cricket circles and took Hampshire Under-16s to the annual August Channel Islands Festival for over 21 years.

Ironically, he was away with the county Under-16 team last August when Chris Morgan’s talented squad carried off the ECB Under-17 Championship trophy for the first time.

A disciplinarian and meticulous organiser, he was a hugely respected father figure to the hundreds of young cricketers that played under his charge for a quarter of a century: the youngsters always knew where they stood with him.

He seldom sat still at matches, always encouraging his players, often vociferously, passing on tips from the boundary line – and often (proverbially) tearing his hair out when things weren’t going to plan on the field!

Despite contracting bowel cancer, he continued his winter coaching activities at The Rose Bowl during extensive chemotherapy and, in June, was rewarded for his services to the sport.

The 67-year-old was presented with his award at England’s One Day International against New Zealand at Bristol by former Warwickshire and England left-hander Nick Knight, now a Sky Sports commentator, acknowledging his enormous services to grassroots cricket.

One of the current crop of Hampshire first team players who came through the ranks under Terry is Jimmy Adams and he led the tributes on hearing the news.

Adams said: "It’s very sad. Terry coached the U16s and U17s for as long as I’ve known, as well as helping out in numerous other capacities, including putting up some of the younger lads who lived further afield.

"He was extremely passionate about his role in the development of Hampshire’s young talent and played a big part in helping many of us make the most of our abilities.

"He battled his cancer in typically stubborn Troddy style and will be remembered for such a courageous last-wicket stand. He certainly didn’t give his wicket away easily."

A certain Jonny Wilkinson, then of Lord Wandsworth College, was another player who played in Trodd’s county Under-16 place.

But, one day, Terry fielded a telephone call from Wilkinson’s father saying that he felt Jonny had a better future in rugby and would be giving up his place in the cricket team !

A builder by trade, Terry Trodd lived and breathed cricket – as did his family for three decades or more.

A Medium Pace Bowler he played for many years with the Old Tauntonians, before turning his attentions to coaching and learning the art of groundsmanship.

When he wasn’t coaching – and he was seldom away from The Rose Bowl, which almost became his second home – when he wasn’t helping clubs with their grounds.

BAT Sports, Fair Oak, Flamingo’s and Havant were among the clubs who benefited from his new-found expertise as a groundsman.

In 2003, he oversaw the complete relaying of Flamingo’s square at The Holt and was still helping to prepare pitches at the ground this summer.

Terry’s widow Janet was seldom far away – more often than not scoring the match or chaperoning some of the county’s younger players, particularly those playing representative cricket for the first time.

His two sons shared his passion for cricket and the Old Tauntonians.

Keith went on to keep wicket for Old Tauntonians 1st XI (now OTs & Romsey), while elder brother Mike bowling his left-arm medium-pace at the opposite end.

Music was another of Terry’s passions. In the 1980s, he was organiser and manager of the Southampton Youth Brass Band, in which his daughter Pamela and two cricketing sons, Keith and Mike all played.

© Hampshire Cricket