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Send your tributes for Bert Sutcliffe (1923-2001)



Posted by Ross bremner on 20 Apr 2001
I had the greatest of privaleges in meeting Sir Bert in 1981 as a teenager because my dad was a senior official at the republic of Ireland game against New Zealand at Rotorua Stacium. Now the venue that the Waikato Chiefs used so effectively. I was fifteen years of age, just getting into cricket but playing a lot of rep soccer, I remember my dad being hugely proud that I had met the "great Bert Sutcliffe" and even though I had no idea who he was, and he knew it from my reaction, he was gracious to a fault...because all I cared about was football and he knew it.....Being great is relative but i'll tell you one thing....being there and being real when you are a young lad is something you carry with you for the rest of your life. I didn't know it while I was shaking his hand...but I met face to face one of New Zealand's, and one of the world's great legends of cricket and I still remember his smile, and my dad's to this day....God rest your soul Sir Bert Sutcliffe, you'll always be my legend.


Posted by Graham Hesp on 20 Apr 2001
Bert was a true winner in every sense. I can remember Bert being instrumental in all of New Zealand's Test victories. A sad loss for the cricketing world.


Posted by Roger Prideaux on 20 Apr 2001
Playing against Bert on the MCC tour of New Zealand in 1960/61, I remember him not only as a great player, but also a man of modesty and integrity. I mourn his passing.


Posted by Pat Culpan on 20 Apr 2001
Although too young to witness one of New Zealands greatest out in the middle, a was lucky enough to share a few drinks and stories with this man at the Cricket Society in Auckland on a number of occassions. It was a pleasure to meet such a humble man of greatness. If only all greats could be so humble. RIP Pat Culpan Former NZ Test Scorer


Posted by d.d.winters on 20 Apr 2001
I'm 15 years old but my time that I have loved cricket made me want to learn more about the game cricket it self, but I knew not only learning the game cricket, but learning the people that made the game enjoying was that got me to where I am now. I play 1st XI cricket for my school and the role modles like Bret Sutcliffe wanted me to make me be just like the person you turn out. I have always wanted to do my best even though my career average this year was only 21.5 I try just like Bret to be the best that I cant be and not to be the best that other people want me thats what I believe because at the end of they day its what I have recieve from the game it self........cricket


Posted by David M. Paul on 20 Apr 2001
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Sutcliffe. He was a great cricketer and a great person in general. The world is a better place because he passed through it. My sincerest condolences to his family.


Posted by Scott Brownhill on 20 Apr 2001
I personally knew Bert and i have a close relationship with his family. He was always pleasure to be around always making jokes and he always had time to talk to us. He will be sorely missed as a friend and as a great cricketing legend. May you rest in peace Bert as my heart goes out to your family.


Posted by Sid on 20 Apr 2001
My deepest condolences to the family of Bert. A truly great laegend has passed on. He will forever be remembered as one of the champions of New Zealand Cricket's cause.


Posted by Daniel Viles on 20 Apr 2001
I'm ashamed to admit that reading the obituary of Bert Sutcliffe was the first that I had heard of his partnership with Bob Blair in Johannesburg in 1953 after the north island rail disaster. This story needs to be told more often to show, firstly, the power that cricket has to bring people together, and secondly, the tremendous empathy possessed by Bert Sutcliffe towards his friend and colleague. Rest in peace, Bert.


Posted by donsaraths.k on 20 Apr 2001
he is a great cricketer.accepet my deepest syampathies


Posted by Toni on 20 Apr 2001
Deepest sympathy to Bert's family. Cricket Legend that will never be forgotten. May he rip.


Posted by Michael Donnelly on 20 Apr 2001
When Bert Sutcliffe won the Windsor Cup for batting in (I think) 1954, I sent him a 10-year-old-fan letter from Timaru. Within a week or so I got a handwritten 2-page reply with detailed comments on what I'd written.


Posted by SherAli Khan Tareen on 20 Apr 2001
This is sheralitareen writing from karachi,pakistan.As an avid cricket follower,I was shocked to know of the sad demise of the legend known as Bert Sutcliffe.Indeed,an era has come to an end.May his soul rest in peace.Sherali.


Posted by James F. Goater on 20 Apr 2001
Deeply saddened to hear of Bert Sutcliffe's passing. His pioneering exploits with the bat make inspirational reading. And he was one of the game's true gentlemen. Condolences to family and friends.


Posted by TARA on 20 Apr 2001
DEAR MR. SUTCLIFFE, YOU SHALL REMAIN FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AS A GREAT HERO, A TRUE SPORTSMAN AND A LEGEND. YOUR PRICELESS CONTRIBUTION , NOT ONLY TO NEW ZEALAND CRICKET BUT TO WORLD CRICKET, HAS SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE COMING GENERATIONS TO ADMIRE, EMULATE AND FOLLOW. YOU HAVE SENT A GREAT EXAMPLE AND IN THE PROCESS INSPIRE MANY. YOU WERE A GREAT PERSON , A GOOD HUMAN BEING AND YOUR MODESTY AND SIMPLICITY WILL TEACH THE CRICKETEERS OF TODAY SOME VALUABLE LESSONS... SO NOW THAT YOUR INNINGS ON EARTH HAS COME TO AN UNTIMELY END, YOU ARE ALL SET TO START YET ANOTHER CAREER IN THE GARDENS OF HEAVEN, DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST, ENJOYING YOUR CRICKET AND ONE CAN ONLY ENVY YOUR COMPANY. YOU WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS, TODAY AND ALWAYS... GOD BLESS YOU...


Posted by Stacey Crutch on 20 Apr 2001
Today is a sad day. The world has lost another truely talented gentleman cricketer and New Zealand has lost a hero. My thoughts are with the fmaily of the great man but more, I am glad for the life Bert lived and the gift he gave cricket in New Zealand and all throughout the world. His courage, talent, integrity and humility mark him as truley great. Rest in Peace Bert.


Posted by Justin Ryan on 20 Apr 2001
Bert Sutcliffe will be greatly missed both as a player and an idol for the game. He was a magnificent player, one of the New Zealand's best, and I send my condolences to his family.


Posted by Lois Cutler. Nee Hooper. on 20 Apr 2001
I had the pleasure of being at School with Bert at Point Chevalier in the 1930's Even at that early age he showed the signs of being a fine Cricketer.When ever I saw Bert he was always very pleased to see me. My sincere sympathy to all the members of his family.


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