Gosport’s Fisher honoured at Privett Park

Bud Fisher, front row centre, with his former Gosport team-mates

Bud Fisher, front row centre, with his former Gosport team-mates

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ONE of Gosport Borough’s most famous cricketing sons will be honoured ahead of the club’s division three clash with Totton & Eling II tomorrow.

Bud Fisher, who captained the successful Gosport Amateur Cricket Club in the 1950s and 60s, will have a memorial bench officially unveiled at Privett Park as part of the side’s open day.

Fisher was a renowned local sportsman – in football and cricket – representing Gosport in both sports.

And although his efforts were more than 50 years ago, former team-mate, Peter Edgar, believes it is right that his name is still remembered by future generations.

Edgar said: ‘He was a post-war sporting legend.

‘He was an outstanding footballer for Gosport and was also the manager of one of the most successful Fareham teams.

‘But he was a brilliant all-rounder.

‘His bowling style was particularly distinctive.

‘He had a whippy action off a short run but had tremendous pace, which caught a lot of people unawares.

‘He was a great local sportsman and a legend in his own time.

‘There was a memorial seat to him but it disappeared when the pavilion was burnt down several years ago.

‘We always felt it should be re-instated.

‘People like Bud made sure that cricket went on in the town and if it wasn’t for him giving a chance to young people, the sport would have died out locally.

‘He helped ensure the future of Gosport Borough Cricket Club and it’s good to be able to recognise that.

‘The club open day is an ideal time to raise the profile of what he did.’

Current Borough skipper, Tom Larner, said: ‘It’s always good to be able to remember our club’s history and show a bit of appreciation to those who played their part.

‘It would be nice to get a win to mark that.

‘Our main objective was to stay up this season but it’s been a fantastic campaign for us.

‘It might be looking unlikely to get promoted but we don’t want to finish the season with a whimper.

‘The teams above us have tough games and we need to keep the pressure on.’

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