Monday 19 March 2007 

Kent CCC Pays Tribute To Bob Woolmer

It is with tremendous sadness that Kent County Cricket Club has learnt of the death of Pakistan Coach and former Kent and England player Bob Woolmer at the age of 58.

Bob Woolmer played for Kent between 1968 and 1984, scoring 12,634 first class runs and taking 334 wickets. He also made a major contribution to Kent’s success in One Day cricket in the 1970’s. He played 19 Test Matches for England, scoring 1,059 runs with three centuries, including an innings of 149 against Australia at the Oval in 1975. He also represented England in 6 One Day Internationals.

He belonged to a select band of Test cricketers who enjoyed success as International coaches when their playing days were over. He coached South Africa and Pakistan and was coach at Warwickshire when they won three trophies in 1994.

Carl Openshaw, Chairman of Kent County Cricket Club said:

“Everyone at the Club is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Bob Woolmer.

Bob was one of Kent’s finest all-round cricketers and he played a key role in the Club’s hugely successful side which won so many trophies in the 1970’s. He was a dedicated and highly professional player and he carried these same qualities into his subsequent career, when he became one of the most innovative and highly regarded coaches in world cricket.

Although he had lived in South Africa for many years, he always retained a keen interest in Kent cricket. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in Kent and we send our deepest sympathy to his wife, Gill, and to his sons, Dale and Russell.”

Derek Underwood, this year’s Kent President and a teammate with Kent and England added:

“He had this boyish enthusiasm and loved nothing more than talking morning, noon and night about the game and that is why he was the most sought after coach in the world. He was always enthusiastic and on the ball. So it was no surprise he went on to be the finest coach and manager in the world.”