John Hourd

John Hourd was a gregarious, sociable man and unfailingly good company. For some reason best known to himself he liked to both imply and foster the impression that he did not buy drinks readily at the bar – this was in fact not the case.

He played a lot of good cricket over a long period for several sides but particularly Southall, Burnham and of course Datchet. He was a competitive ‘all-rounder’ of a high club standard, bowling medium pace and batting high up the order. Football occupied his winter months for many years both as a player and as a manager again representing good quality sides. He managed Egham FC for a number of years with great success.

John was the owner of a multitude of stories about games and incidents in which he was involved, always offered in hushed conspiratorial tones with no fear of the re-telling, from time to time, of a particularly good anecdote.

For many years he was a fundamental member of the ‘Sunday Wine Club’, along with others with a taste for the grape, before allowing himself latterly to join the riff-raff at the bar for much less serious conversation. Sunday, he always said, was the best day of the week with the cricket club banter and a roast meal ready for him upon his return home.

The club itself will be a lesser place without him and his loss will be keenly felt by those who had the good fortune to regularly share his company. John’s funeral will take place at Slough Crematorium at 11am on Thursday 3rd July.

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