In a week where ‘the world of Cricket’ lost Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, we lost one of our old cricketers, Barry Langford.
Barry wasn’t up to their standards but nevertheless he was a valued cricketer in his time and had been a member of our Club since the late 1950’s.
He joined with a clutch of young good cricketers which included ‘the Sellars’, the ‘Wheatleys’, Bob Lunn, Mick Weaver and several others. The influx gave the Club a more youthful and vibrant membership just in time for the ‘Swinging 60’s’. Interestingly, Barry had to have a trial before being accepted as a member, for in those days, the Club Rules only allowed 7 members from outside the Kenilworth area and Barry at that time lived in Coventry.
Barry was an aggressive opening bowler and was awarded The Pratt Cup (Most Improved Player) in 1960 for his performances the previous season.
He did suffer some knee problems which caused an early retirement from the game but always kept his interest in the Club, attending all social events and made regular visits on matchdays. He was one of the Botch Brothers Gang which rebuilt the (old) Clubhouse in 1975.
Barry was also a long-standing member of the Rugby Club and Kenilworth Golf Club where he continued to play until his illness intervened.
Judy, Barry’s wife, was for many years the Club’s Solicitor and the Club send our condolences to her and their daughters, Ellen and Andrea, for their sad loss.
We shall miss Barry’s presence next season at around 5pm, when he normally arrives for a
couple of beers and a chat as he watches ‘the game’.