Former Waterlooville footballer and cricketer Dave Cassell was a ‘great character’

Waterlooville sport has been saddened by news of the death of Dave Cassell, a prominent former footballer and cricketer in the town. He was in his eighties.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 4:35 pm
Updated Monday, 4th May 2020, 1:05 pm
Waterlooville 2nds, 1979. Back (from left): David Tusler, Gerry Corrigan, Colin Uwins, Graham Cox, Paul Rowson, Steve Wilson, Eddie Stillwell (umpire). Seated: Geoff Richardson, Dave Cassell, Ray MacIntrye, Alan Bloxham, Keith Richardson, Max O’Connell.

A goalscoring left-winger, Dave played football for Waterlooville in their Hampshire League days in the late 1950s and throughout the 60s. He had grown up little more than a goal kick from the club’s Jubilee Park ground.

He was a regular pick for Hampshire county teams and played numerous ‘Ville games alongside his brother Alan, a tough-tackling right back.

Like many sportsmen of his time, Cassell played football in the winter and cricket during the summer months.

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A Waterloooville man through and through, he played for the town’s cricket club until well into his fifties as a top order batsman and specialist gully fielder. He was also a handy leg spin bowler.

‘Dave was a great character, full of fun and very down to earth,’ reflected Alan Bloxham, a long-time Waterlooville cricket and football team-mate.