Passing of a “Real Club Man”

Theo Butler with a young George Knock for our Centenary Year appearance on Cricket AM in 2008

Theo Butler with a young George Knock for our Centenary Year appearance on Cricket AM in 2008

Penn CC this week sends out condolences to the family and friends of Theo Butler, a “Penn Legend and Real Club Man.”

Theo Butler joined Penn Cricket Club in 1949 and went on to represent the Club as 1st and 2nd team Captains respectively. With two stints as 1st XI skipper 1960-1968 and then 1972-1973, he was a real club man who did loads around the club.

Always wanting the pitch rolling and the pitch had to be rolled, on Friday nights after nets, where everyone joined in using the big ‘see saw’ roller that was later sold, with always good banter and old cricket tales to be told as it would take 8 or more guys to push and pull the aged machine.

Theo was known for his batting without any gloves which would be unknown in these days and had an eye for talent, one being Mark Cooper for whom he arranged Warwickshire Trials.

He was also a big fan of Dennis Amiss and his run scoring and always greeted you as you came off the car park at the ground with the words “Alright Lads!!”

From all at Penn we wish all who knew Theo our deepest sympathy.