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John Barrow - A message from the GMCL Chair

26 Sep 2020

26 Sep 2020
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this note informing every one of the death of my long-time friend John Barrow.

Considering that John had never played the game of cricket he served the game for nearly 50 years with distinction, first learning to score then to get involved with the administration of the North Manchester Cricket League which he served for forty three years, then for the past few years as an advisor to the GMCL.

He was a quietly spoken principled individual who would take time out with anyone to advise and support within the game that he cherished.

John’s second love within the game was his umpiring where he made many friends umpiring colleagues, players and club officials supporters and administrators. Many sweetly called him ‘Bostick Barrow’ for he had a reputation not to give LBW unless it was absolutely plumb, it never stopped him giving me out when once on 98 – LBW!

We never once had a crossed word and I have many stories to tell about our friendship over the years and I promise that over the next week I will pen an interesting insight into John’s world.  

Condolences and deepest sympathy from us all, the GMCL family, go to out to John’s wife Doreen, two children Chris and Sandra and to all his family and friends

For now John, rest easy, Rest in Peace, God Bless,



Martin Kay, GMCL Chair

26 Sep 2020