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17 November 2012

Eric Burgin - January 1924 - November 2012

All at Bramall Lane were saddened to hear of the death of Sheffield United Cricket Club stalwart Eric Burgin.

Eric was one of the true greats of the Sheffield post war cricket scene alongside some fine players in the shape of Bill Cummings, Bruce Oakes and another name linked to both the football and cricket sides of Bramall Lane, Frank Melling.

Born in Pitsmoor in January 1924, Eric would also have the distinction of representing Yorkshire County Cricket Club on 12 first class occasions - he was a formidable right arm medium pace bowler - his time with Yorkshire saw a great friendship forged with the great Fred Trueman.

Eric also played an important part in Sheffield United Cricket Club's transition from Bramall Lane to Bawtry Road as cricket left the stadium in 1973 - there are many who were coached in the Lane nets by him who remember his advice and time given with great affection - Eric Burgin was one of life's true gentlemen.

Latterly Eric has been a well liked and respected face around the Sheffield United Senior Blades and was at the Lane on Tuesday of this week to see Alan Hodgkinson as guest speaker - Alan was an old friend and played as a youngster with him for Sheffield United Cricket Club, as well as turning out with him on a Sunday for another cricket side known as the Cutlers.

"Eric was a great character - he made such a fuss when we bumped into each other on Tuesday - it's so sad to think that he has gone, one of the last true links with Sheffield United FC and its cricketing cousins," said Alan.

All at Bramall Lane send condolences to Eric's wife, Betty, and all the family at this sad time.

* Eric's funeral will be staged on Friday 23rd November at Hutcliffe Wood at 10am.

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