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RIP Bob Willis 15:54 - Dec 4 with 1307 viewsitfcjoe

Wasn't expecting to see that flash up on my phone

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RIP Bob Willis on 15:59 - Dec 4 with 1095 viewsPJH

That is a shock.

RIP indeed.
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RIP Bob Willis on 16:02 - Dec 4 with 1073 viewsBlueStreak

I am gutted to hear this. Always liked him. RIP
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RIP Bob Willis on 16:04 - Dec 4 with 1058 viewsusm

Huh?

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:06 - Dec 4 with 1051 viewsSWGF

Think they were expecting him back on The Verdict for the SA series.

Shocking.

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:07 - Dec 4 with 1045 viewsitfcjoe

RIP Bob Willis on 16:06 - Dec 4 by SWGF

Think they were expecting him back on The Verdict for the SA series.

Shocking.


Must have been sudden, because hadn't heard anything about it and he was still on a lot of coverage (admittedly haven't seen any of the NZ series to know if that was the case)

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:10 - Dec 4 with 1020 viewsgainsboroughblue

Crikey. The verdict won't ever be the same again.

That 8-43 at Headingley will never be forgotten either. RIP.
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RIP Bob Willis on 16:10 - Dec 4 with 1013 viewsThe_Romford_Blue

Bloody hell. Shocker that.

RIP

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:14 - Dec 4 with 995 viewsjimsymBLUE

RIP Bob Willis on 16:07 - Dec 4 by itfcjoe

Must have been sudden, because hadn't heard anything about it and he was still on a lot of coverage (admittedly haven't seen any of the NZ series to know if that was the case)


Really couldn't stick him as I was growing up, continually moaning and I couldn't work out how he kept getting a gig as a commentator. However as I've grown older and with it inherently grumpier I thought he became a superb pundit on the verdict, often mocking his own cantankerous ways and becoming someone really worth listening too.
Very sad news, RIP
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RIP Bob Willis on 16:14 - Dec 4 with 992 viewsIpswichKnight

They did say he was ill. He was a genuine fast bowler, broke an Aussies jaw in the centenary test in Melbourne with a bouncer. Was one of the worst batsman ever and once forgot his bat when going out to bat for England.
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RIP Bob Willis on 16:15 - Dec 4 with 986 viewshampstead_blue

No
That is fckin sh000t...excuse the language.

My youth was spent watching him play cricket.

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:28 - Dec 4 with 932 viewsReuser_is_God

Well Charles

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:14 - Dec 4 by IpswichKnight

They did say he was ill. He was a genuine fast bowler, broke an Aussies jaw in the centenary test in Melbourne with a bouncer. Was one of the worst batsman ever and once forgot his bat when going out to bat for England.


He also once held, maybe still does, the record of most not outs for England in tests.
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RIP Bob Willis on 16:31 - Dec 4 with 909 viewsReuser_is_God

RIP Bob Willis on 16:10 - Dec 4 by gainsboroughblue

Crikey. The verdict won't ever be the same again.

That 8-43 at Headingley will never be forgotten either. RIP.


Yeah, loved Bob on the Verdict.

I've not watched it during the NZ series however caught some of it yesterday for bit of a series debrief & they had Hussain on who I think is excellent. Grown into the best pundit/commentator over the last few years IMO.

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:34 - Dec 4 with 898 viewscatch74

Actually spent time with Bob on a few occasions, randomly watched some Wagner at the ROH with him (plus a pleasant pint in the Nags Head after) , which he was very much into. Genuinely pleasant and engaging, helpful about my fledgling leg-spin, although a bit dismissive of the art (this was pre-Shane Warne!)
Very sad news, RIP.

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RIP Bob Willis on 16:48 - Dec 4 with 845 viewsvapour_trail

Oh no, what a shame. An all time England great, and a reassuringly cantankerous old bugg€r in the pundits chair.

Will forever be in our folkelore for that spell of bowling.

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RIP Bob Willis on 17:42 - Dec 4 with 731 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Just turned on SSN and seen it. Utter shock. Really didn't like his negativity as a pundit but he still had much to say worth listening to. A superb cricketer and will be very sadly missed.

I am sure he was on just the other day so must have been very sudden and unexpected.

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RIP Bob Willis on 17:44 - Dec 4 with 727 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Internet saying "following a short illness". Family requesting donations to Prostate Cancer charity in lieu of flowers. Not sure if that suggests the cause.

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RIP Bob Willis on 17:53 - Dec 4 with 696 viewsRyorry

What awful news, so sad.

Legend. It wasn't just Botham's Ashes,it was Willis' too (as Botham himself said) -

(long version)

R.I.P.

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RIP Bob Willis on 17:59 - Dec 4 with 673 viewsfactual_blue

8-43. What a day.

Managed to finish work during the lunch interval and see the rest of the match.

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RIP Bob Willis on 18:07 - Dec 4 with 651 viewssolemio

Apparently he loved the music of Bob Dylan and Brahms.
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RIP Bob Willis on 18:09 - Dec 4 with 643 viewsfactual_blue

RIP Bob Willis on 18:07 - Dec 4 by solemio

Apparently he loved the music of Bob Dylan and Brahms.


He added 'Dylan' to his names by deed poll.

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RIP Bob Willis on 18:12 - Dec 4 with 632 viewssolemio

RIP Bob Willis on 18:09 - Dec 4 by factual_blue

He added 'Dylan' to his names by deed poll.


Indeed. And I saw him at a Festival Hall Brahms concert.
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RIP Bob Willis on 18:16 - Dec 4 with 622 viewsGuthrum

Sad news. Great fast bowler, a favourite from my youth.

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RIP Bob Willis on 19:41 - Dec 4 with 540 viewsSteve_M

Yes, great shame.

This is a nice tribute from Vic Marks.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/dec/04/bob-willis-hero-headingley-inspire

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RIP Bob Willis on 19:50 - Dec 4 with 524 viewsRadlett_blue

RIP Bob Willis on 18:09 - Dec 4 by factual_blue

He added 'Dylan' to his names by deed poll.


Yes, he was a bob Dylan fan. Surprised his parents allowed him to do that but maybe they thought he liked the rabbit in "Magic Roundabout".
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