John Young

John Young 1928 – 2023

Obituary

Members will be sad to learn that our former Chairman, John Young, died on 14 June, aged 95. He joined the Society in 1982 and quickly found himself appointed to the Committee. He became Vice-Chairman in 1987, and then Chairman in 1990. He held that post with distinction until succeeded by Susanne Marlow in 2000. He continued to serve on the Committee for some time afterwards. He supported the Society selflessly and his work was recognised by his becoming an honorary member.

John’s biographical details can be found on the Society’s website in Newsletters No. 323, 324, 335 and 337. These cover his ground-breaking work for Southampton Hospital Broadcasting, commentating on Hampshire’s home matches, which started as a Heath Robinson type affair in 1956 and then became increasingly sophisticated, continuing almost until the advent of Covid, when ill-health made it increasingly difficult for him to travel to the Ageas Bowl. In that period of over 60 years, he was able to interview many Hampshire players and some of the world’s greatest cricketers. His work received official recognition when he became a Vice President of Hampshire Cricket.

In his younger days, he was a very fine footballer, who held the unique distinction of being the great Terry Paine’s first inside forward partner when the latter first made his way into senior football with Winchester City.

He earned his living first in the engineering industry, and then in Academia, culminating in working as a lecturer and Visiting Fellow at Southampton University.

John was born in Chelmsford, but moved to Southampton as a four year old, thus beginning his lifelong love of Hampshire cricket.

© Copyright Alan Edwards 2023 (newslettereditor@hantscricsoc.org.uk)