Barry was a Norden Cricket Club devotee having played as man and boy, scoring 4840 runs in 319 first team innings and 1813 second team runs in 92 innings. His best first team season saw him score 490 runs in 1970. Barry was awarded the Joseph Coupe Cup (best Clubman) in both 1966 and 1975.
Barry also served on the General Committee for over 20 years. Latterly he was most well known for his exceptional work as groundsman making Norden’s ground the envy of the County.
It is always very sad to lose long serving members of the club who have contributed to its successful development and proud history. It is important to remember and celebrate them and our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.
EX-President Brian Butterworth recalls Barry making his debut in the 2nd XI : “Barry came in to the team in the late 50’s as a real young lad. He was a flare batsman with a great eye. We knew it wouldn’t be long before he moved on to the 1st team.
Mike North also commented “Barry was extremely talented. Not just at cricket but he also excelled for the club’s table tennis team. He could turn his hand to any sport really.”
Stephen Williamson “Barry was a lovely bloke, and certainly showed us young uns how to enjoy the social side of the game”
Ex Chairman Stephen Pickles recalls “Barry was a club man through and through. He lived in the village all his adult life and gave so much to the club whether it be playing, on ctte, on the ground or housing the club professional”
Pete Gladigau of Adelaide, South Australia, signed for the club as professional in 1990 and formed a close friendship with Barry. Gladigau said: “He was a great bloke and we got to know him and Brenda well during our time at Norden. We stayed with him on a couple of our other trips back to England in 2003 and 2005 and still spoke with him on regular basis. During my time at Norden Baz was the curator at Norden and he produced a superb looking ground and an excellent pitch. He took great pride in his work and loved his striping! I loved playing on Stag Park. Another great bloke from Norden gone unfortunately and he will be sorely missed by Rae and I. Rip Baz.”
Bob Fee recalls “He learnt his trade from Joe Wood, before helping his brother George. In later life Barry didn’t get down to the club as much. However this didn’t diminish his love for the club. I used to go for the paper every Monday morning, on what should have been a five minute walk. Barry would always see me approaching and come out for a full match report on all teams. He also wanted to know how the wicket had played and if the bar was busy. He never stopped thinking about the club. My five minute errand often took thirty minutes.”
Ex Chairman and President John Murphy said “Barry was a wonderful character who was passionate about Norden Cricket Club. I have fond memories of him and his partner in crime Phil Herd chasing the jackpot on the bandit every weekend. Many late nights were followed by early mornings tending to the ground that he took great pride in. RIP Barry, a true legend of Norden.
Greg Tattersall added : “As a young lad I joined the club in the early 90’s and Barry was a permanent fixture, either on the mower flying round the outfield or at the bar passing on his advice. He always had a chat with everyone and his passion for the club was very clear. He was a true Norden man and he will be sadly missed by all those that knew him. Rest in peace Baz”