|Tony Stilgoe, left, and the late Phil Carrick greet John Snow for his Pudsey St Lawrence debut
Tont Stilgoe, one of the most colourful and popular fast bowlers on the Bradford League scene in the 1970s and 80s has died aged 73.
He passed away after a suspected heart attack while staying at Scarborough's Grand Hotel with his wife Carol.
Stilgoe, who lived in York, was a consistent wicket taker during spells with Saltaire, Windhill, Eccleshill and Pudsey St Lawrence.
Despite never being allowed to bowl for his school team Scarcroft because the cricket master claimed his action was all wrong, Stilgoe played for Clifton, Dringhouses and York before making an impressive debut in the Bradford League with Saltaire which saw him finish second in the bowling averages.
He took101 wickets for Windhill on their way to the Division Two title in 1973, becoming the first Bradford League cricketer to pass the century mark in any single season for 25 years.
At Eccleshill he became the league’s first player to claim four wickets in four balls for a decade and also won the first division title at Pudsey St Lawrence.
He won the Sir Learie Constantine All-Rounders Trophy in 1973. and his stump-shattering exploits saw him come to the attention of Derbyshire.
He took 3-36 and 2-37 for Derbyshire Seconds against Lancashire and 4-24 during another contest with Yorkshire Colts before being told, at 31, he was too old for a contract, having initially claimed he was younger.
At Pudsey St Lawrence he had the distinction in 1978 of opening the bowling with England paceman John Snow who was banned from first class cricket for his part in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.
In recognition of his achievements with ball and bat, Stilgoe was inducted to the York District Senior League’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
Stilgoe was a man of many sporting talents. He was a good footballer who appeared in the same Leeds United youth team is the legendary Billy Bremner.
In recent years he became captain of Bridlington Golf Club. He will be sadly missed and the league sends its conolences to his wife Carol.sons Kevin and Darren and six grand-children.
His funeral will take place at St Oswald’s Church, Fulford, on Thursday, March 31 at 10.30am.
It will be followed by a private interment at Fulford Cemetery with family flowers only, although donations can be made to the British Heart Foundation during the service.