Johnny Bruce, a well-liked determine in north London sporting circles, has died only one in need of 1,000 video games for Hornsey Cricket Membership.
On transferring to Crouch Finish in 1986, Johnny joined the closest cricket membership, which turned out to be Hornsey CC. Over 999 video games (second within the membership’s historical past), Johnny scored 19,419 runs (second all-time) and took 886 wickets (twelfth all-time).
With the bat, Johnny was free flowing and direct. He scored 15 centuries with a highest rating of 200 not out towards Leverstock Inexperienced II in 1992. He additionally hit a membership file 44 sixes in 1993.
With the ball, Johnny bustled in off ten paces. He favored to open the bowling and often needed to have the ball prised from his grasp fifteen or twenty overs later.
Johnny grew to become the membership’s first official historian and in 2015 printed a monumental Hornsey Almanack, which runs to 1,574 pages over two volumes.
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Adrian Fawden, Hornsey CC chairman, stated: “Everybody’s shocked that Brucey’s now not with us. Lots of of gamers have referred to as from all over the world. All of them had fantastic tales of somebody who was as enjoyable and beneficiant off the sector as he was aggressive on it.”
Chris Waite, Hornsey CC president, stated: “Umpiring Jonathan was a nightmare. He appealed for all the things and, as a result of he knew the Legal guidelines higher than anybody, argued for longer. He was additionally the toughest working, most loyal membership member and good friend you could possibly want to have.”
For all his success on the sector, Johnny was proudest of Hornsey Colts staff he managed. They have been collectively for nicely over 100 video games, successful all the things in sight from the Middlesex Gubby Allen Cup as beneath 10s in 2009 to the Middlesex Beneath 19 Cup in 2018.
Johnny additionally performed squash at Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Membership, actual tennis at Middlesex College and golf at North Middlesex GC.
A close to photographic reminiscence made him unrivalled in his information of topics as numerous as Crouch Finish and Hornsey native historical past; Hornsey cricket membership; the J.F.Okay. assassination; Miles Davis; the Grateful Useless; the London Underground; Newcastle United F.C.; Panerai watches; Thelonius Monk; Wisden Cricketers’Almanack 1864 to the current day, and Woolacombe tide tables.
Johnny grew up in Seaton Sluice, Northumberland. Sporty – clever and promoted a 12 months in school. He went to Newcastle RGS after which to Sheffield College earlier than coaching for a profession in tax accounting, changing into a associate at Lewis Golden in 2008.
Johnny died on December 13, aged 56. He’s survived by his spouse Jane, two sons Jack and Joe, brother Chris and sister Joanne.