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    RIP Bob Willis

    Former England captain and one time leading test wicket taker Bob Willis died after a battle with cancer yesterday.

    Hands up who used to imitate his run up in the nets at cricket training? It was always Thommo and Bob Willis that everyone copied. Bob Willis is the only England captain to have added to his birth name when he added Dylan to honour Dylan Thomas the poet. He went from RG Williis to RGD Willis.

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    WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

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    Another part of my childhood gone.

    First Greedy, now Bob. Sad week.

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    A lion hearted bowler, astute captain and a great cricket person

    Sorry to hear about his passing. RIP Bob
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    RIP Bob

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    Re: RIP Bob Willis

    Vale Bob, as TD said would there would not have been a young cricketer from our generation who didn't try to bowl a delivery imitating Bob's unique style..
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    Re: RIP Bob Willis

    Viv Richards proving what a class act he is
    Tweeted a photo of Willis getting him out
    Pretty certain Willis racially abused Viv in the 70’s
    R.I.P

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    Re: RIP Bob Willis

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Former England captain and one time leading test wicket taker Bob Willis died after a battle with cancer yesterday.

    Hands up who used to imitate his run up in the nets at cricket training? It was always Thommo and Bob Willis that everyone copied. Bob Willis is the only England captain to have added to his birth name when he added Dylan to honour Dylan Thomas the poet. He went from RG Williis to RGD Willis.

    Condolences to the family.
    I thought it was Bob Dylan

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    Re: RIP Bob Willis

    Quote Originally Posted by Remi Moses View Post
    I thought it was Bob Dylan
    Could have been. Bob Dylan took the name from Dylan Thomas anyway so it's much of a muchness really. He was born Bob Zimmerman from memory, there was a Sydney band called the Zimmermen-they were pretty good.
    WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

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    Had a lot of time for Bob Willis. Gave his all and was often the lone hand for England. Thanks for being part of my childhood. RIP Bob.

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    Re: RIP Bob Willis

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Could have been. Bob Dylan took the name from Dylan Thomas anyway so it's much of a muchness really. He was born Bob Zimmerman from memory, there was a Sydney band called the Zimmermen-they were pretty good.
    Bob Willis added Dylan as a tribute to Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan has denied that Dylan came from Dylan Thomas, although he has been vague about why he chose Dylan. Nobody seems to know for sure.

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    Re: RIP Bob Willis

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    Bob Willis added Dylan as a tribute to Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan has denied that Dylan came from Dylan Thomas, although he has been vague about why he chose Dylan. Nobody seems to know for sure.
    *!*!*!*!ing hell, make your *!*!*!*!ing mind up you old hippy Bob!
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